Posts Tagged Masculinity

butch

On reclaiming and revisiting my masculinity

As a kid, I must have asked my mom something like five times if I was supposed to be a boy. To me that seemed rational: maybe I was drawn towards action figures and boys’ clothes and sports and video games because it was a surprise that I was a girl. It was a mistake.

But it wasn’t a mistake.

As a kid, I must have asked my mom something like five times if I was supposed to be a boy. To me that seemed rational: maybe I was drawn towards action figures and boys’ clothes and ...

young thug

Trap Feminism Vol. 4: Young Thug – Trap’s Gender Bender

Thus far, my exploration of trap feminism has focused on the music, which is important because trap culture is visually inspired and illustrated by that genre. In the previous volumes of this series, I’ve examined some trap lyrics to pull out potentially feminist themes like women’s economic agency, liberation from ageism and other kinds of body- and class-policing, and most recently, romance as performed by Fetty Wap. But I have not paid enough attention to personal identity performances of specific trap artists, and how those performances might be transgressive or progressive.

Thus far, my exploration of trap feminism has focused on the music, which is important because trap culture is visually inspired and illustrated by that genre. In the previous volumes of this series, I’ve examined ...

chart from study

New study suggests that men who harass women online are losers. Literally.

A new study examining the behavior of Halo 3 gamers provides some insights into the dynamics driving online misogynistic harassment. The takeaway? As the headlines trumped with predictable satisfaction, “Men who harass women online are literally losers.” 

A new study examining the behavior of Halo 3 gamers provides some insights into the dynamics driving online misogynistic harassment. The takeaway? As the headlines trumped with predictable satisfaction, “Men who harass women ...

fragile

Study shows how men overcompensate when their masculinity is questioned

A new study confirms that when men feel their masculinity is being questioned, they’ll often try to compensate by both rejecting anything considered “feminine” and exaggerating their “manliness” in other ways. 

A new study confirms that when men feel their masculinity is being questioned, they’ll often try to compensate by both rejecting anything considered “feminine” and exaggerating their “manliness” in other ways. 

women's sports

On contemporary sports culture: privileging masculinity

Athletes. Female athletes. College basketball. Women’s college basketball. Tennis. Women’s tennis. When it comes to sports, we qualify women’s athletics in a way that does not happen with men.

Athletes. Female athletes. College basketball. Women’s college basketball. Tennis. Women’s tennis. When it comes to sports, we qualify women’s athletics in a way that does not happen with men.

ex-machina

Goddess from the machine: A look at Ex Machina’s gender politics

This article contains spoilers for Ex Machina and assumes the reader has seen or spoiled the movie for themselves.

“A free woman in an unfree society will be a monster.” – Angela Carter

This article contains spoilers for Ex Machina and assumes the reader has seen or spoiled the movie for themselves.

“A free woman in an unfree society will be a monster.” – Angela Carter

LordWestWomensTux

On queered masculinity and misogyny

I started wearing ties my senior year of college. My mother bought me a slim, silver Calvin Klein tie at Nordstrom Rack when she visited me over her spring break. Though I began to dress in men’s clothes the year prior, until that moment, I had not yet forayed into officially being read as masculine.

I started wearing ties my senior year of college. My mother bought me a slim, silver Calvin Klein tie at Nordstrom Rack when she visited me over her spring break. Though I began to dress in men’s ...

Aydian Dowling

Sexy vlogger Aydian Dowling could become first trans guy on the cover of Men’s Health

Trans fitness vlogger and activist Aydian Dowling is currently leading in a landslide in Men’s Health’s “Ultimate Guy Search.” If he wins the contest — to find a guy who is “fit and fearless, a doer who gives back and leads by example” — he’d become the magazine’s first trans cover model. 

Trans fitness vlogger and activist Aydian Dowling is currently leading in a landslide in Men’s Health’s “Ultimate Guy Search.” If he wins the contest — to find a guy who is “fit and fearless, a doer who gives ...

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