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64 men and jewelry does an earring have gender
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Men and Jewelry: Does an Earring Have Gender?
Monday, November 11
In many world traditions men are the principal wearers of jewelry. Why then is jewelry in the West so often viewed as a feminine art form? As the Metropolitan Museum readies a cross-departmental exhibition, Jewelry: The Body Transformed, this discussion focuses on how and in what contexts – historic and contemporary – jewelry has been a powerful means to construct masculine identity and, equally, the historical forces and persistent cultural assumptions that associate jewelry with women.