Masculinity

Zzyz, facebook body builders, and what they could learn from... feminists

Liam Deacon | Posted 04.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Liam Deacon

Facebook body builders are not only victims of similar forms of pressure traditionally associated with women, but they have in fact begun to shift the boundaries of what is considered masculine...

Sochi's 'Gay Olympics' Tell Us More About Our Own Prejudices Than Russian Homophobia

Raffaella Taylor-Seymour | Posted 26.02.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Raffaella Taylor-Seymour

Abroad, we need to strike a balance between mockery and condemnation, prioritising our ultimate aims over indignation. Preaching or ridiculing other countries is unlikely to generate positive results.

Blue Is the Colour

Nick Clements | Posted 19.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Nick Clements

I recently heard a good story from someone about becoming a dad. After his child was delivered the man was handed the tiny baby, as the midwife did so she quickly checked the sex, and proudly said 'here's your big strong boy.' The father wondered if the midwife had delivered a girl whether she would have said 'here's your big strong girl.' Right from the first seconds of being born we are judged and compartmentalized.

2014: The Year of the Male

Professor Damien Ridge | Posted 17.02.2014 | UK
Professor Damien Ridge

This is why the 'Year of the Male' campaign by the CALM charity is so important. It promises to be about men and their issues, while being life affirming.

Being a Man

Nick Clements | Posted 07.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Nick Clements

I have to admit every now and again I turn into a crusty old git, who is very worldy-wise, been there, done it, seen it, got the T-shirt. My close friends would probably raise an eyebrow at such a statement and whisper in my ear, 'when are you not like that?' illustrating what good friends they are by doing so.

But What About the Men?

Fiona McPhillips | Posted 25.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Fiona McPhillips

Hanlon explains that thinking about how men provide and access love, care and solidarity as separate from inequalities in social, political and economic life allows us to see both the inequalities that men experience and how men contribute to inequality by avoiding caring.

Men Are the Problem

Nick Clements | Posted 17.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Nick Clements

The new democratic masculinity encompasses three hundred and sixty degrees of being. Men who can express views, emotions and feelings from their adventurous, pioneering spirit, through the deeply responsible and mature, to the nurturing and loving core.

Lads, It's Time for Some Meninism

George Gillett | Posted 12.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
George Gillett

Feminists must remember what liberation means - it is not just equal opportunity to be financially independent or to hold positions of authority. Liberation is about much more - it's the freedom to be yourself regardless of ethnicity, sexual orientation, class or gender. As soon as we assign stereotypes to any identity we create expectations of how individuals should behave...

'Be A Man, My Son!'

Louisa Daniels | Posted 11.03.2014 | UK Politics
Louisa Daniels

Towards the end of 2013, and as is the case with the close of every Movember, my husband proudly wore a bold moustache. It's always a point of conversation: I find it so amazing that a strip of facial hair can greatly influence the way people respond to the wearer, particularly at first encounters...

Three False Male Myths Which Are Damaging to Us All

Nick Clements | Posted 08.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Nick Clements

Boys and men are still being conditioned into thinking they are very different from women. The differences between the behaviour and the abilities of men and women are infinitesimal. They have so much more to do with conditioning and nurturing than physiology or nature.

The Number Ten

Nick Clements | Posted 22.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Nick Clements

As a young man I was an above average footballer. In my mind my destiny was to equal and then surpass all the famous number 10's in world history, Pele, Maradona, Greaves and Law. As a supporter of QPR my heritage was that of Rodney Marsh and Stan Bowles.

Where Are All the Caring Men?

Nick Clements | Posted 18.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Nick Clements

It has been argued, men don't feel they are good at such sensitive jobs, they feel they lack the necessary skills and caring work has traditionally been the female domain, and has become highly feminised, often men say they are intimidated by the environments...

The Reality of Masculine Masks

Claire Brummell | Posted 08.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Claire Brummell

We all know that drag is most commonly associated with describing a man in women's clothing (before I get corrected here, yes I know that it is used the other way around too), but the real drag is a woman who is feminine on the inside and yet putting on a masculine mask.

'Man Up': The Shift From 'Warrior' to 'Brave', Which We Need Men to Do

Nick Clements | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Nick Clements

On the internet and down the pub, men are regularly chastised about their lack of hardness, and advised to 'Man Up' - strap on a pair, grow some balls, stop being such a wuss, toughen up. All typical calls to the superficial macho male.

Male Isolation: Why We Need Good, Bad and Ugly Friendships

Nick Clements | Posted 08.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Nick Clements

No man is an island. All of us need to ensure that we have a good diversity of friendships in our lives, it is essential to our mental health. In order to promote this we need to change the negative, hardening messages our boys receive from an early age. 'Be strong, boys don't cry, tough it out, don't show pain, be brave my little soldier, man up, you wuss!'

What Paxman's Interview With Brand Tells Us About Masculinity, Science and Spirituality

Nick Clements | Posted 30.12.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Nick Clements

The Paxman and Brand debate has been viewed over 5 million times, and for me, amongst other things, it very succinctly describes the tension between science and spirituality within masculinity. Paxman, like a school yard bully, slowly circles Brand chanting 'prove it, prove it, prove it.' Brand can't prove it. He is just voicing his discontent, happy not to be able to prove it, which perplexes Paxman.

A Guide To Modern Manhood

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 29.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle

Sorry to break it to you fellas, but just because you've got a few hairs on your chest doesn't mean you're a man. We're not about to pigeon-hole y...

Defying Male Suicide Logic

Professor Damien Ridge | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Professor Damien Ridge

Suicide is the number one killer of young men in the UK, with 4552 male suicides in 2011, 75% of all suicides... With such striking figures, I do wonder why male suicide is not seen as the public health emergency that it actually is.

What Jimmy Savile Has Shown Us About the Male Response to Power

Nick Clements | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Nick Clements

It is very easy to be righteously disgusted by his behaviour, and feel ashamed that we didn't take notice of his victims, however, the death of Jimmy Saville two years ago and the revelations which followed, still leave many unanswered questions about our relationship to fame, and particularly how men react to such power.

It's a Fine Line Between Imagination and Fantasy, and Most of Our Young Men Are on the Wrong Side

Nick Clements | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Nick Clements

We can't afford to look away from this. Our present addiction to gaming and porn is a very serious matter, which needs confronting, just as any other addiction does. Our addictive fantasy world existence is actually hindering our development as a species. It is stunting us all, by suppressing our imaginations.

Couvade, The Right of Passage for Fathers

Nick Clements | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Nick Clements

As someone who works with men and boys, these two descriptions of couvade, inspire and excite me. Our ancestors knew the importance of having the father bond with the baby as quickly and as thoroughly as possible. The reduction in testosterone shows how this is a biological and evolutionary imperative.

What Does It Mean to Be a Leader?

John Bunzl | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
John Bunzl

What does it mean to be a leader? Is it authority and power alone? Is it the ability to front a large multinational or hold the fates of employees in our hands? Or does our vision of meaningful leadership extend beyond simply being at the top?

The Ages of Men: Modern Man and His Rites - Seeking Security, Lacking Pride, and Being Diminished

Nick Clements | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Nick Clements

What ages have we on offer for boys and men in this post-modern society? I suggest maybe four from birth to death. These delineate a journey from 'boyhood' through 'ladness' to 'blokedom' and finishes with a good dose of 'old gitness'.

The Smell of a Man, How the Feminisation of Men Started in the Bathroom

Nick Clements | Posted 25.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Nick Clements

When I was young, my father and I would disagree about masculinity. I remember how he was deeply shocked and offended by the first 'Brut' adverts on the TV in which two very heterosexual sportsmen, Henry Cooper and Kevin Keegan, shared some roll-on deodorant. My father thought it meant the two of them were gay.

Modern Masculinity: Reflecting Our Relationship to Success and Failure

Nick Clements | Posted 19.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Nick Clements

I believe disappointment, failure and vulnerability are essential to our development as whole human beings. By facing them we grow, and paradoxically, become happier. The measure of a man is not in his search for acclaim, success and power, it is in his reaction to disappointment, failure and vulnerability.