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Nietzschean modes of gender construction in a post-feminist age

Serning, Niklas; Lyon, Nina


Niklas Serning
Senior Lecturer in Counselling Psychology

Nina Lyon


An arrogance of certainty besets discourses of gender in today’s culture, and denigrating as well as overly affirming accounts of masculinity leave the
individual man at risk of either self-loathing or self-aggrandizing. This article will look at various lay accounts of masculinity and the dynamics of its
construction in opposition to culturally dominant moral codes, and will interrogate the underlying philosophical positions at work through Nietzsche’s Genealogy of Morality. In doing so, we propose that it is helpful to see Nietzsche as an early philosopher of difference, and embrace a less fixed approach to ontologies of gender accordingly.


Serning, N., & Lyon, N. (2016). Nietzschean modes of gender construction in a post-feminist age. Self and Society, 44(3), 204-214.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jun 28, 2016
Publication Date Oct 21, 2016
Deposit Date Oct 31, 2016
Journal Self & Society
Print ISSN 0306-0497
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 44
Issue 3
Pages 204-214
Keywords masculinity, resentment, Nietzsche, feminism, Reddit, Mumsnet
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Additional Information Additional Information : This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Self & Society on 21 October 2016, available online:


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