Cripping Masculinity explores how Disability, Deaf, or Mad Identified Men (Cis or Trans) and Masculine Identified Non-Binary People create and experience their identities through clothing in their everyday lives. The Cripping Masculinity team is made up of researchers, designers, and activists based at Ryerson University in Toronto and the University of Alberta in Edmonton.
Building upon Kelly Fritsch’s definition of crip as “to open up with desire the ways disability disrupts,” this project crips dominant narratives of disability, masculinity and fashion by sharing the stories of Disability, Deaf, or Mad Identified Men and Masculine Identified Non-Binary People.
Our research project aims to generate new understandings of gender, disability and fashion that centre vitality, creativity and access by engaging people in a variety of activities, including interviews about their clothes, clothing design workshops, and fashion shows and exhibitions.
Are you a Disability, Deaf or Mad Identified Man (Cis or Trans) or Masculine Identified Non-Binary Person?
Would you like to help us transform the way society thinks about disability and clothing?
Would you like to be part of a project that explores your experiences with clothing and assists you to create your own clothing?
We are looking for 60-70 Disability, Deaf, and Mad-identified men (cis and trans) and masculine-identified non-binary people living in Toronto or Edmonton who are over the age of 18 to take part in a research project on disability, gender and clothing.
We are particularly interested in engaging folks from BIPOC and LGBTQ2S+ communities.