Founded in 2016, Homer is an online magazine discussing masculinities and challenging ideas of what it means to be a man. We have a podcast and publish one long-form piece of non-fiction each month of the year.
Homer is produced in Canberra, Australia, and acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land, the Ngunnawal people. We pay our respects to their elders, past and present. Always was, always will be, Aboriginal land.
Back in the late noughties it became clear to Homer’s founder, Ashley Thomson, that dialogues between men about the state of gender norms were wanting.
Of course, a little research shows this has been the case pretty much since the advent of the sex-gender binary. It felt to him first like an interpersonal deficit; he wanted to talk to men about this. It’s also, however, deeply political: the more men and others delve into the way masculinities impact on the self and society, the likelier we are to identify ways to be better and ways to resist, together and alone.
At Homer, we seek explorations of masculinities that incorporate discussions of broader socio-economic structures and inequalities, global political issues, robust communities, and ways of living and being that forge meaningful solidarities.
We do this from the base understanding that it is not enough explore gender, and especially masculinities, in an apolitical vacuum. Neoliberal capitalism alienates individuals from themselves and their communities. Wealth inequality continues to increase while wage growth stagnates. The world is being irreversibly harmed by global warming and a political class far too slow to act, while a resurgence of fascistic right-wing groups threaten the marginalised.
Since late 2019, three years into our little journey, we’ve adopted an unusual publishing model in order to go to the heart of all this.
We publish only one piece per month, as this allows us to pay writers more, to give them and their ideas more time and attention, and hopefully, ultimately, to publish work that has a real impact. It is primarily men’s responsibility to step up to have this conversation, but Homer invites and encourages writing from women, LGBTIQA writers and writers of all races, ethnicities, and culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. Masculinities are fluid and contested; we all see them, are affected by them and have a say in what they are and what they can be.
Through non-fiction of all sorts, Homer hopes to open these topics up and find the place of the masculine within them. Just because there is no ‘real man’ does not mean what is masculine cannot also be good.