Masculinity

Masculinity Crisis? What Masculinity Crisis?

Kirsten Brown | Posted 28.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Kirsten Brown

Clearly the basics of what I see a man as are confused. I know what I value in a man, but that is not the same as what I imagine a man to be. Taking my large amount of confusion into account, how on earth must men be feeling?

Ever Wondered Why You Fancy Taller Men?

PA / The Huffington Post UK | Posted 28.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle

If you've got a thing for taller guys then there might be a genuine reason why. According to a new study, men who are taller and appear heavier ar...

It's Time to Have a Different Kind of Conversation About Men and Boys

Dan Bell | Posted 19.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Dan Bell

When I mention that I am interested in finding ways to give men and boys a voice, one of the first reactions is often, "why do men need a voice? Aren't virtually all powerful and public voices already male?" But in my experience, men are rarely given the opportunity to speak publicly about the issues that affect them as men.

Why Every Man and Woman Should Celebrate International Men's Day

Glen Poole | Posted 18.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Glen Poole

The problems that men and boys face can potentially impact any one of us. Losing a loved one to suicide or cancer; or seeing a man we love suffer as he struggles with addiction or unemployment or separation from his kids, isn't a situation any of us would choose.

What If He Cries?

Rick Belden | Posted 17.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rick Belden

Men with a history of having their emotions controlled and shut down by others typically have a pretty strong innate sense of when someone is approaching them with that intent, and they will close down quickly in response.

I'm 30, I Love LEGO, And I Don't Care Anymore

Michael Rundle | Posted 10.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Michael Rundle

If I am a 'Man' - let alone a HuffPost Man - why do I spend my time playing with toys for a living? Why are two of the three tabs on my browser open to Lego.com? Why do I so enjoy watching cartoons featuring comical dogs and signing up for pointless feats of strength? And why am I holding, as I write this blog, a lime-green NERF SlingFire Anti-Zombie shotgun - in the office?

Introducing HuffPost UK Men

Stephen Hull | Posted 02.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Stephen Hull

We all need to change the way we talk about men because not only does it benefit how they see themselves, but because it will change how they view women. If we can prevent the problems of the past that men have created for women then both sexes win.

Billy No Mates

Nick Clements | Posted 03.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Nick Clements

In 2004 I embarked, somewhat foolishly and naively, on a journey to write a trilogy of books about masculinity. In 2013 the third book was published, I sighed in relief, they had consumed nine years of my life. During the writing hiatuses I would tour a one-man show in which I experimented with concepts and ideas for the books. Those were tough times.

Why Suicide Is a Men's Issue

Jimmy Ocean | Posted 31.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jimmy Ocean

Global rates of suicide are up 60% since World War II. By 2030, depression will outpace cancer, stroke, war and accidents as the world's leading cause of disability and death. Although twice as many women suffer from depression and many more attempt suicide, nearly four times as many men die from suicide every year. Why?

The Stag Do: A Beta Male's Take

Ed Cripps | Posted 23.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ed Cripps

Before last Saturday, the only stag do I'd been on was my own father's. It was a sleepy, pints-and-darts affair in a pub, though there was a moment where Dad's four brothers persuaded him to stuff a whole egg in his mouth...

Men's Bling Thing: Matter of Time and Taste

Preetam Kaushik | Posted 22.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Preetam Kaushik

Men have been wearing jewelry since long, right through the centuries that just passed us by. The ultimate example of 16th cen bling can be seen in Henry VIII's paintings where kings are kind of drowning in pearls and finery, yet look ultra masculine.

Drag for a Day

Patrick Cash | Posted 24.06.2014 | UK Entertainment
Patrick Cash

My character was named Patricia Primarché, the cheap drag queen, which separated her from most other drag artistes on the scene who would never dream of describing themselves as cheap, and meant that I could clothe her completely in Primark.

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

Liam Deacon | Posted 16.05.2014 | 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 27.04.2014 | 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 21.04.2014 | 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 19.04.2014 | 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.