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Nov 08, 2017

Say ‘Masculinity’: Photography and the Mental Health of Men

By Michael Louis Kennedy

Photographer Paul McDonald is possessed by two things. The first is a set of mysterious and intimate medical slides found by chance at an auction and carried with him ever since; and the second is the very concept of masculinity.


Sep 26, 2017

The evolution of ‘Man’: Hard science and human masculinity

By Ben Gleeson

While we discuss and debate our diverse cultural and personal constructions of masculinity, it’s worth bearing in mind that the evolutionary evidence also suggests a certain fluidity. What it means to be a man has changed, across history and prehistory, in both cultural and biological terms.


Sep 07, 2017

Homer, Hank, Bob & Greg: The evolution of 2D fathers

By Fury

As much as we shape cartoons in our image, they shape our concepts of ourselves. This is why animated television is such prime territory for understanding our relationship to the concept of fatherhood.


Aug 19, 2017

Marriage days: A walking tour of political struggle

By Benjamin Riley

At the edge of Lake Burley Griffin I could see Parliament House across the water, and in the distance I tried and failed to make out the view I’d seen posted on Twitter: hundreds of pink paper hearts planted in the lawn reading “All Love Is Equal”.


Mar 21, 2017

Warning! Male, Massage with Caution

By Nigel Hawkins

The idea that I am approachable, friendly, trustworthy—all seems suddenly in direct competition with my physicality.


Feb 12, 2017

Confessions of a Contradiction

By Nathan Meyer

I look typically masculine in the Western sense—tall, bearded, bald, built—but my behaviour, attitudes and actions don’t fit others’ expectations of this man. I’ve made changes to avoid this, and have become a contradiction.


Dec 25, 2016

The Beauty of a Real Man

By Lucia Hosking

He is only a ‘real man’ in my eyes because he stopped making excuses and did the hard work of coming face to face with his deepest, most painful wounds.


Nov 30, 2016

Becoming a Chinese Businessman

By Kayla Medica

There is only so far an assumed identity, let alone one that transgresses gendered cultural norms, can take you.


Nov 28, 2016

Why Laugh: On Humour and Hypermasculinity

By Cameron Colwell

How little the line between ‘ironic’ and ‘actual’ misogyny matters. Joy at the denigration of somebody else is, after all, one of the few emotions acceptable within a hypermasculine state of mind.


Nov 23, 2016

Small acts of violence: On men in public spaces

By Benjamin Riley

In ‘micro expressions’ of masculinity, the role or the perception of ‘effort’ is important. The paragon, the most masculine, is the man who can enact himself upon the world without even trying. As such, to even admit to thinking about masculinity in this way feels on some level like weakness, as though if I was a real man I wouldn’t have to.


Nov 21, 2016

Respect the Cock: Masculinity in Trumpland

By Glen Martin

For the progressives who have been rocked by the Trump election, who thought that this version of white privilege and proto-masculinity was buried, the past is present. It is ugly and furious, and for the first time in a long time, it feels like it’s in control.


Nov 02, 2016

Finger-painting: Vulnerability for Late Learners

By Joel Dignam

Intellectually, I understand that it’s healthy to express emotion. I’ve read Brené Brown. I’ve watched Inside Out. I get it. But it’s hard to express emotion when I’m barely conscious of feeling it.


Oct 25, 2016

Justice is not served to Phoebe Handsjuk by Phoebe’s Fall

By Glen Martin

Phoebe’s Fall, and the emerging genre it is part of, raises questions about the public who feast on the undeniably gripping stories, and the voices we cannot hear in these podcasts—those of the victims, mostly women, most likely killed by men.


Oct 25, 2016

Grief and Masculinity in You’re the Worst

By Sophie Overett

Jimmy is, of course, fictional, but as a character he reflects (albeit sometimes exaggeratedly) a broader cultural problem. That we don’t know what to do with male vulnerability.


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