I’m not sure why I care so much, and then suddenly I am. He didn’t take me seriously.
I’ve heard music like this but never seen a man who isn’t watching football so excited. The way Wayne describes it, the album could be a religious artefact. But I don’t understand any of the words he’s using to describe it, nor the lyrics: “All the young girls love Alice, tender young Alice they say …”
We went home and snuggled in bed, catching up. It felt great. It was then that she told me she’d had sex with another guy. Two nights ago. In the very bed we were in now.
When your partner’s the same gender as you, one thing you’re gifted is a blank slate. Cleaning the gutters, ironing, taking the car for a service, buying sheets—it’s all up for grabs. And that’s what Alex sees.
There were no easy answers, he was saying, which is the same as saying there are no answers at all. And even though I wasn’t asking him, the answer I got was to empathise with the bullies. Forgive them all, they know not what they do.
Tristan: A Song for the Superior Man is a new play by Chenoeh Miller asking what it means to be a good man, and it finds its answers in the voices of her own cast.
A member of the Canberra legislative assembly, Mark Parton, claimed recently that white men over the age of thirty who have stable employment aren’t included in anything. There’s a lot to unpack in that, and unpack it all is what we set out to do.
Deliberate or subconscious, the way that men dress themselves has enormous significance to the way we think about masculinity. I speak with a lecturer at London College of Fashion to find out more.
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.
“Funnily enough, after opening up, I felt more empowered as a man than I have ever felt in my life. Facing fear and overcoming it led to a strength I did not know I had.”
There’s a new generation of fathers out there. We speak with one as though he’s a proxy for all the others.
What does mental health mean to me? Ashley Thomson sets out in a slightly late, slightly truncated episode to answer this question for himself.
Name a rockstar and we’ve name-dropped them on this new ep, where we try to figure out how yesterday’s and today’s rockstars have influenced accepted masculinities.
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How often does a young man dream of becoming a geographer? In this interview with Professor Richard Baker, we present another unusual example of what a man might aspire to be.
What happens when a live music gig’s all-male line-up becomes the subject of intense scrutiny and controversy? Shoeb Ahmed, Glen Martin and Ashley Thomson try to get under the surface of the ANU Bar Finale’s moment in the sun.
How do you use a men’s space for good? Can it be done? Ashley Thomson talks to two representatives of the Australian National University Men’s Network to discuss the purpose of (and controversy surrounding) the group.