Masculinity

Men Can Be Feminists, Too

Harriette Drew | Posted 02.12.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Harriette Drew

Women have been tackling sexism for much longer than men and they are the ones most oppressed by it, so learn from them. Use the power that you have as a man well. Use it to challenge other men's sexist behaviour, because these men will - sadly - listen to you more than to a woman.

Being A Man Starts With Challenging Gender Stereotypes Age Three

Rachel Bell | Posted 02.12.2016 | UK Parents
Rachel Bell

bmm banner.jpg Pro-actively challenging limiting gender stereotypes through parenting and education from pre-school will help boys survive the limiting norms of masculinity that they're under immense pressure to conform to. Norms that stifle their expression, exploration and stamp out their rich and varied humanity.

Bald Men And Hairy Bodies

Scott Manley Hadley | Posted 30.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Scott Manley Hadley

Do I keep my pubes impractically long because I don't want less hair, or because I don't want to spend time trimming? As a bald man, I'm objectively less attractive than I was with hair, despite (now) taking more pride in my appearance.

A Week With My Dad Taught Me About The Man I've Become

Ayo Akinwolere | Posted 30.11.2016 | UK Entertainment
Ayo Akinwolere

bmm banner.jpg For the first time, I noticed my father's vulnerability: we would walk down the street and he'd budge up really close to me like a child afraid of his surroundings. We'd go to the pub and I'd order for him because he wasn't quite sure how to navigate his way around a hipster East London brewery. It felt great. The balance of power had shifted slightly and I wasn't so afraid of him anymore.

Hypermasculinity Is A Plague On The Modern Man

Louis Michael | Posted 30.11.2016 | UK Entertainment
Louis Michael

bmm banner.jpg Wear the colours you feel beautiful in, sing the songs that let you shed your worries, behave the way you would if judgement didn't exist. Because when you do, you'll be taking the first steps towards a world where judgement doesn't exist.

10 Things People Don't Realise About Masculinity

Dave Chawner | Posted 29.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Dave Chawner

bmm banner.jpg Less than 80 years ago pink was a 'man's' colour. It was considered masculine as it was a more decided and strong colour. Pink was only associated with girls in the 1940's. That means we've had electric shavers longer than we've had the belief 'pink is for girls'. And, it's not only colours, it's materials too...

Why Trying To Be A Hero Is The Worst Thing I Ever Did To Myself

Steve Bartholomew | Posted 25.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Steve Bartholomew

bmm banner.jpg We have to begin to undo the lessons we internalise as children about our roles as men. To let go of the need to display our heroism in a world where not all of our enemies can be seen, let alone defeated. To learn to love women as people of equal value, agency and self-mastery as ourselves.

The Easy Target Of Erectile Dysfunction

Ant Meads | Posted 24.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Ant Meads

bmm banner.jpg Given that erectile dysfunction is a common side effect, not only of depression, but also sometimes the antidepressants used to treat it, are we piling on to laugh at an issue that is just a further cause of shame and embarrassment to people who are already struggling in life?

When It Comes To Conversations About Being A Man, We All Need To Get In The Room

Grace Willow | Posted 24.11.2016 | UK
Grace Willow

Southbank Centre / Belinda Lawley "Why would I go to a man hating event?" My friend Chris has just made this remark and at first I assume he must be...

'I'm a Loving Family Man, Get Me Out of Here!': Modern Masculinity In The Celebrity Jungle

Rae Ritchie | Posted 23.11.2016 | UK Entertainment
Rae Ritchie

Series 16 of 'I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here!': its ad breaks peddle a nostalgic vision of Christmas with a 2.4 family (and thanks to John Lewis,...

Me And My Father's Suicide: The Importance Of Sharing How You Feel

Ed Hunte | Posted 21.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Ed Hunte

bmm banner.jpg On the surface, my father was someone who had everything, yet he still chose to end his life. If his suicide has taught me anything, it's the importance to not hesitate in getting things out in the open, to share challenges and struggles with those you trust and to not be afraid of expressing who you truly are. I still continue to work on these skills myself and I deeply recognise them to be the remedy for the generations of men who choose to give up on their lives each day.

Grayson Perry On Why Old-School Masculinity Is Man's Greatest Enemy

The Huffington Post | Brogan Driscoll | Posted 21.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Often clad in towering heels and brightly-coloured dresses, the Turner Prize-winning artist Grayson Perry is far from the archetype of traditional mas...

The Men Are Revolting

Anthony Lorenzo | Posted 17.11.2016 | UK Politics
Anthony Lorenzo

bmm banner.jpg All Trump had to do to win was to expound a version of brash masculinity that people have been crying out for ever since it suddenly wasn't okay to keep slaves, or rape your wife, or sack someone for being black, or force a trans woman to use a male bathroom.

People Say 'I'm A Man Now' - But I've Always Just Been Me

Lewis Hancox | Posted 15.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Lewis Hancox

bmm banner.jpg Lewis Hancox is a comedy writer, actor and YouTuber. Born female, Lewis transitioned as a teenager. As part of The Huffington Post UK's Building Modern Men series, Lewis vlogs on his journey, what 'being a man' means to him and why, in his words, "I've not gone from being a woman to man. I've just always been me."

Has Depression Affected My Masculinity? Come On, I Jump Through Fire For Fun

Darren Ratcliffe | Posted 14.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Darren Ratcliffe

bmm banner.jpgI've been dealing with this for years and some days I win and other days I don't... I think depressed people are capable of putting up with a hell of a lot more than those that don't!

On Being A Vicar With Chronic Pain And Depression. And A Man

Dave Meldrum | Posted 11.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Dave Meldrum

bmm banner.jpg I'm a man in a fairly patriarchal culture, in a stream of the Christian church that has often overtly pushed the idea of 'strong' masculinity; where male Christians are routinely referred to as 'warriors' and the 'head of the family'; where a mega-church pastor once spoke of not wanting to worship a Jesus that he could beat up.

Hyper-masculinity, War And Intergenerational Trauma

Kenny Mammarella-D'Cruz | Posted 11.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Kenny Mammarella-D'Cruz

Veterans with PTSD find it very difficult to deal with emotions like fear and sadness when they come up. They don't want to admit to themselves that they have those feelings, so they push them down and try to ignore them.

The 'Being A Man' Ideal Is Toxic And Damaging

Harry Gallon | Posted 11.11.2016 | UK
Harry Gallon

bmm banner.jpg The very idea of 'being more like' a man is toxic. It echoes centuries old propagandist sentiments, doing your duty without question and obeying that other old lie of keeping calm to carry on. If every man is an island, then they are isolated.

Masculinity In The Digital Age

Lana McDonagh | Posted 10.11.2016 | UK Tech
Lana McDonagh

bmm banner.jpg A redefinition is in order. It is time we finally addressed these issues, looked after the mental health of future generations of young men and ditched these limiting, archaic stereotypes. Only then can we implement positive societal change and proactively reduce rates of bullying and crime, as we now know these to be interlinked.

Drag Queens Are The Toughest Boys Out There

Jodie Harsh | Posted 08.11.2016 | UK
Jodie Harsh

bmm banner.jpg What even is masculinity these days? We've got boys buying bronzer at department stores and and my sister's boyfriend has a favorite RuPaul's Drag Race contestant each season. Some men are in touch with their feminine side, others not so much - and that's fine.

Stay Connected: This Is What We All Must Do In Memory Of My Brother Niall

Joanne McCabe | Posted 08.11.2016 | UK
Joanne McCabe

bmm banner.jpg I trusted him and I believed that he was going to get it together and sell his art on a website he talked about creating. He always said he was waiting on an angel to save him, just like his last girlfriend had (and the other two before that). He must have known he couldn't save himself.

Donald Trump's Masculinity: It's Not What You Think

Jenny Mathers | Posted 06.11.2016 | UK Politics
Jenny Mathers

Nevertheless, one of the most consistent links that we make between gender and behaviour in the West is the way that masculinity is equated with rationality, logic and cool calculation while femininity is associated with emotion, irrationality and impulse. By this measure, Donald Trump's behaviour is frequently distinctly feminine.

Teaching A Modern Masculinity

Hannah Greaves | Posted 02.11.2016 | UK Parents
Hannah Greaves

bmm banner.jpg Masculinity at the moment is so narrowly defined. The media shows images of hyper-masculinity: oiled, tanned, muscled, macho, with the means and affluence to sweep his woman off her feet, take care of her, provide for their family. It leaves very little scope for young boys to look at themselves and be okay with being different.

Why Don't We Talk About Our Erections?

Scott Manley Hadley | Posted 02.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Scott Manley Hadley

bmm banner.jpg We still have bodily shame deeply entrenched within society, and - like all problems - the longer we do nothing to fix it, the harder doing so will become. When none of us know what is normal and all of us hide ourselves away, it's not a surprise that many men end up uncomfortable with their own sexuality.

Time To Change Our Attitudes To Men And Boys

Jane Powell | Posted 01.11.2016 | UK
Jane Powell

bmm banner.jpg There's a gender element to suicide - and indeed to mental health. It leads me to ask again why we aren't pouring money into researching why we aren't funding research to explain why more men take their lives than women... Now, as we enter November, it is time to change.