Terry Crews: Modern Day Masculinity Can Be as Damaging as the Taliban

While you probably know Terry Crews from Brooklyn 99, Everybody Hates Chris or his time playing in the NFL, you might be less familiar with his work as one of the most progressive and thoughtful voices in gender criticism. The actor—who just published the book Manhood: How to Be A Better Man - Or Just Live With One » 12/01/14 4:40pm 12/01/14 4:40pm

The Last Thing Putin Needs Is to 'Man Up'

Over the weekend, Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), appearing on CNN's State of the Union, remarked that Russian president Vladimir Putin needed to "man up." What Feinstein meant, of course, is that Putin needs to grow up because manning up is the last thing that this bear-wrestling, gun-shooting shirtless horse… » 7/21/14 6:40pm 7/21/14 6:40pm

'Dude, You Need to Get Into Nursing': How the Field Recruits Men

While there has been significant attention to recruiting women into STEM fields, what about the converse – recruiting men to female-dominated fields? My recent article in Gender & Society analyzes the recruitment strategies of key health care players, examining themes of masculinity in text, speech, and images. » 6/30/14 5:40pm 6/30/14 5:40pm

Top Easiest Ways to Emasculate a Dude (And Rule the World)

Based on all the dumb shit I've been told about how men allegedly are and women allegedly are, I've concluded the following: Being masculine is apparently just like being a proud lion, it is an intrinsically superior gift of strength and wisdom bestowed on men by the universe that women must stroke and honor (or… » 3/11/14 1:50pm 3/11/14 1:50pm

Looking to Emasculate a Man? Open His Door for Him!

Congratulations, womyn! We've finally found the key to destroying masculinity (THE GOAL, I say. THE GOAL, you echo) and it's so simple that I cannot believe we haven't of it before. Turns out that all you have to do to turn a man into a frantic, insecure mess is to hold the door open for him and allow him to walk in… » 2/24/14 6:40pm 2/24/14 6:40pm

Men Killed Masculinity All by Their Big Strong Selves

Much to the chagrin of a certain old-timey subset, traditional American masculinity is on its way out. Gone are days of the breadwinning hard hat wearers earning enough to support a wife that stays at home with 2.5 children; in 2014, the Haves wear bowties with short sleeved button down shirts and post pictures of… » 1/11/14 3:30pm 1/11/14 3:30pm

New Nail Salon for Men Is the Manliest Place on Earth

As everyone who has ever seen a television commercial knows, one does not simply use a gendered product that's been assigned to the other gender. One must wait until a marketing team devises a gender-appropriate version, and then rush out and throw money at it. This is why we have steak houses for women and why we… » 10/25/13 2:20pm 10/25/13 2:20pm

Christian Grey: Uncomfortable Object of Female Gaze

The erotic-fiction-with-a-clearly-abusive-relationship-dynamic universe was recently rocked when Charlie Hunnam dropped out of Fifty Shades of Grey, citing a busy schedule. It's fairly clear that he had an ulterior motive beyond time constraints — and, while it stands to reason that vitriolic and batshit 50 Shades » 10/16/13 7:00pm 10/16/13 7:00pm

Let's Bro-ify ALL the Woman Products So Men Won't Feel Like Pussies

We've covered at length the ways in which traditionally "male" fields and products (like pens!) are targeted at women: we ladies, weeping flowers that we are, are often offered a sanitized, delicate — often pink — version of a traditionally male product. The reverse situation is just as telling: when traditionally… » 7/25/13 11:10am 7/25/13 11:10am

Men Need Saving Too, Says Middle-Aged White Man

David Brooks, known recently for rewriting the work of one of his college students and expressing that in his humble opinion, the Egyptian people aren't ready for Democracy, has chosen to yet again comment on something that means nothing. His most recent column is devoted to The New Problem That Has No Name: the… » 7/16/13 3:45pm 7/16/13 3:45pm

New Documentary Explores the Pressures of Male Gender Stereotypes

The terrifyingly intelligent and beautiful Jennifer Siebel Newsom has launched a project (on Kickstarter, duh) to fund her documentary about the pressures of masculinity on boys today. The film, titled "The Mask You Live In," examines how societal standards of boys and men being emotionally unattached, among other… » 7/11/13 4:45pm 7/11/13 4:45pm

Vintage Photos of Ordinary Guys Holding Hands Reveal How Much Has…

For American men in the 21st Century, entire swathes of the range of physical contact humans can enjoy are off limits thanks to social norms. Men just don't touch each other very much. Shaking hands is pro forma, hugging is borderline (its acceptability being largely dependent on one's generation), and for two… » 8/14/12 6:20pm 8/14/12 6:20pm

Meats Are for Boys, Veggies Are for Girls, Nonsense Is for Everyone

There may be lots of benefits to living as a vegetarian, but apparently looking like a man (whatever that means) is not one of them. A new study found that people associate meat with manliness. The researchers did a number of experiments that explored people's metaphors about food, and they found the people rated meat… » 5/17/12 3:30pm 5/17/12 3:30pm