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masculinity

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.


Jan 12, 2017

#RoleModelReading: An interview with Mike Esler

By Ashley Thomson

“You bring these guys to a certain level of awareness and they go, I never had any idea. You’re damn right you didn’t have an idea. You didn’t need an idea. You’re only here because you can’t see your kids any more.”


Dec 25, 2016

#RoleModelReading: An interview with Ben Triglone

By Ashley Thomson

“Someone said when you do good work you meet good people, and that’s the best thing about this job. I lived in my comfort zone for 35 years and I couldn’t advocate leaving it strongly enough.”


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 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

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.


Oct 16, 2016

Women who love bad men: An interview with Laura Elizabeth Woollett

By Ashley Thomson

“My decision to present these men in the way that I did was a way of emphasising the problem of subjectivity – whether we can ever truly know the ones we love.” The author of The Love of a Bad Man on the familiarity of manipulation and the cold, close places where masculinity and femininity find each other.


Sep 20, 2016

Men on the Margins of the Mosh

By Jeremy Stevens

When we justify the mosh pit dominating the primary space at a show, we hold back musical community from its cathartic potential.


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