Masculinity

Pornography and the Middle-Aged Straight Man

Heather Brunskell-Evans | Posted 18.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Heather Brunskell-Evans

At the mention of my book's topic, internet pornography, his body showed an almost imperceptible intense interest and then the concealing of it (an involuntary response to which I have become accustomed).

Misunderstanding the Black Male

Anthony Lorenzo | Posted 30.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Anthony Lorenzo

Average black men - by this I mean black men who haven't just won gold medals at the Olympics- only see ourselves portrayed negatively. Media imagery zooms in on gang violence, failure at school, our aggressive masculinity and by corollary misogyny.

Men's Experiences of Violence and Abuse

Luke Martin | Posted 27.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Luke Martin

In my experience gay and bisexual men are more likely to access emotional support. This may be because gay and bisexual men have already had to come to terms with the challenges to their masculinity as they come out.

Men Reveal The Things That Make Them Cry

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 26.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Ever wondered what makes grown men cry? Guys who use the anonymous app Whisper have shared the reasons they tear up - whether that's over a Harry ...

Mancan's Wine In A Can Branded 'Dishonourable' For Enforcing Gender Stereotypes

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 26.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle

It's official: we live in a world where guys can preserve their manliness by drinking wine from a can. California-based company MANCAN has invente...

The Reason Why Men Are Less Likely to Talk

Liam Hackett | Posted 23.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Liam Hackett

What it means to be masculine is a topic of much debate and is something that has changed throughout the decades. We consistently find that young people are restricted by gender stereotypes...

Jack Sommers

What Interviewing Male Prisoners Taught One Psychologist About Masculinity

HuffingtonPost.com | Jack Sommers | Posted 22.11.2015 | UK

Power, avoidance of femininity, avoiding expressions of emotion. These are some of the attributes of what psychologists call "hegemonic ma...

Men Need Radical Feminism

Kai Green | Posted 19.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Kai Green

The radical dimension of feminism will not lie down and take the misappropriations and individualistic compromises that mainstream, male-dominated systems have subjected that movement - now referred to more glibly as "feminism" - to.

How Feminism Is Confronting the Issues Facing Modern Men

Ioan Marc Jones | Posted 19.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Ioan Marc Jones

Male feminism isn't simply an act of solidarity with women. It certainly isn't an act of altruism. It isn't selfless. In fact, male feminism invokes a degree of selfishness. Men are becoming increasingly aware that, while the masculine gender construct remains profoundly deleterious to women, it is also detrimental to men.

Our Exclusive Photo Series Uncovers What Men Really Think About Their Bodies

The Huffington Post UK | Poorna Bell and Tahira Mirza | Posted 19.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Men and their relationship to body image is a largely invisible issue. When articles are written, for instance, to shine a light on whether plus si...

Supporting Men to Care

Anna Tarrant | Posted 18.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Anna Tarrant

Assumptions that men are "hard to reach" or that "men don't talk" are unhelpful and present challenges to services that seek to engage with men and encourage their involvement. There is more to do to develop our understandings in terms of research, policy and practice, and recognition of men's roles in families and as carers might be a key signifier for broader change.

Male Mental Health: The Significance of 'Masculinity'

Professor Steve Roberston | Posted 18.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Professor Steve Roberston

There is a framework showing how men cope with mental health concerns (particularly depression) in ways that escalate - the 'big build'. It is suggested that men initially begin with 'acting in' behaviours, such as 'avoidance' (e.g. overwork), 'numbing it' (through drug or alcohol use) and 'escaping it' (through increased risk-taking behaviours like gambling or having extra-marital affairs).

Innocence Lost

Lee Green | Posted 17.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Lee Green

As we get a little older, a touch more learned in the world, we start to look closely at the cues the world gives us. As young boys the stereotypes of life come thick and fast and as we grow we choose to adopt and take on these beliefs and ideals to make it all fit. To make us fit in.

The Measure of a Man

Henri Ward | Posted 13.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Henri Ward

Modern entertainment inundates us with choice of male identities. Most interestingly in comedy, we often root for the lovable loser, who inexplicably beats all the odds to win the affections of a woman through some shared experience or misadventure.

Stop Talking About the 'Crisis in Masculinity'

Dr Michael Joseph Richardson | Posted 11.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Michael Joseph Richardson

Labelling events as 'crises' is politically convenient as it deflects responsibility. The absolution of responsibility exists as an absolution of blame and guilt. When considering masculinity (and drawing a parallel to austerity) the discourse of 'crisis' become the focal point of blame. It can be nobody's fault but that of the situation.

Man Reporting for Duty

Andrew Mooney | Posted 10.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Andrew Mooney

The whole idea of duty seems grounded in a societal and even religious notion of 'self sacrifice' and putting other people before ourselves. It seems a common message is that others needs are always more important than your own.

10 Ways to Be a Real Man

Tom Brooks | Posted 09.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Tom Brooks

What does it mean to be a 'modern man' in a world that gets more politically correct with every opinion that's tweeted? Society is breaking down so many barriers when it comes to equality, so if we're moving in the right direction, why are we feeling more insecure?

Most Men Are Not One Dimensional - Why Can't Our Magazines Reflect This?

Jake Plenderleith | Posted 09.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jake Plenderleith

You do not buy Esquire or GQ for critical insight. What you do when you buy these mags is collude in the lie; that we can all look that handsome, smell that great, wear those expensive clothes, buy that watch and be that clever, smart, wealthy, funny and attractive.

We're So Desperate to Talk About Masculinity That I'm Allowed to Write a Book (And That's Absurd)

Jack Urwin | Posted 06.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jack Urwin

Probably the worst thing a journalist can do - short of plagiarising or fabricating quotes - is to use their platform for shameless self-promotion, anyway I'm writing a book about masculinity and this is a big deal. But bear with me...

Shame and Violence

Jonathan Asser | Posted 05.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jonathan Asser

We can equip prisoners with real skills to deal better with the feeling of shame out of which violence arises. I know, because I did it in one of the largest prisons in Western Europe, HMP Wandsworth...

How to Be a Gentle-Man

Tom Ross-Williams | Posted 04.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Tom Ross-Williams

In Give Me Your Skin, Oonagh and I are sharing our queerness in hope that no matter how straight you define, no matter how much you see yourself as a cis-gendered man who would like to have only sexual relations with women, that actually by giving in to queering yourself, you will remove those gender pressures...

What It Means To Be A Man In 2015

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 09.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Masculinity has seen a huge shift over the past 50 years. Fathers are now staying at home to look after their kids and male feminists are comin...

Separating Men and Masculinities

Lewis Turner | Posted 02.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Lewis Turner

Many men reject behaviours typically associated with people who 'share the same body', and many thrive and delight in performing femininity. It's not like all men are, or want to be, masculine, nor is it the case that everything men do is somehow an expression of their masculinity.

Movember's Photo Series Showcases The Pressures Facing Modern Men

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 09.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Men are facing pressures to live up to an unrealistic - and sometimes unhealthy - idea of what it means to be a man, according to new research. ...

How to be an Alpha Omega-3 Man

Chris Sav | Posted 30.10.2015 | UK Comedy
Chris Sav

Some time ago I was given some advice: that because I was nearly 30, it was about time that I sort my life out and man up for once. The term 'man up' has always perplexed me, as I don't really know how one would increase their masculinity levels, and to what standard. For instance, is there a chance that I could man up so much that I became too manly?