Presented by Ryerson University and University of Alberta, 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.

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?

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.

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. Findings from this research study will be shared at conferences and in publications. Please email if you’re interested in participating in this research project. This research project has been approved by the Ryerson University Research Ethics Board (REB 2019-406) and the University of Alberta Research Ethics Board (# Pro00097341) The research is supported by an Insight Development Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (# 435-2019-1231)

We are particularly interested in engaging folks from BIPOC and LGBTQ2S+ communities.

Participation in this project involves you taking part in three (3) activities:

  1. A two (2) hour interview in your home: you will show us your clothes and talk about them.  
  2. A one (1) day fashion workshop: you will work with fashion design experts for five (5) hours to create an outfit and you will participate in a two (2) hour group interview to talk about what you made. 
  3. A fashion show where you model clothes from your wardrobe and/or the outfit that you created (a seven [7] hour time commitment). We will work with you to coordinate your outfits, prepare for the show, and invite you to help create the show itself. 

You will receive the following honorariums for your participation:

  1. $30 for the interview in your home

  2. $75 for the fashion workshop

  3. $30 for the group interview

  4. $120 for the fashion show activities

  5. You will receive the outfit that you created as well as pictures of you from the fashion show.

All honorariums will be paid in cash.

More information here.