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Masculinity

Culture

Why Are We Angry?

The arbiters of our culture at Old Media outlets such as the Washington Post and the New York Times, and the “young and hip” people who write exactly like the Old Media outlets (Huffington Post, Salon, etc) have been in something of a conniption for the past year and a half. Namely, they’ve been wondering what is to be done with these revolting peasants? When they do try to understand it, I can’t help but notice that their “explanations” are one of two of the exact same paradigms that have existed for decades: Either those poor beknighted people are dupes… Keep Reading

Culture

An Outstanding Parable For Masculinity

Today’s post is about a video game. Don’t close the window, I have a serious point in all of this! I freely admit that as a hobby, games are not in the least constructive, and correspondingly, as I’ve grown up, have bills to pay and dedicate most of my free time to my creative endeavors, my time playing games has decreased. But I still feel that video games have the potential to be a great art form, and should be taken seriously (the fact that the games currently and pretentiously trying to be “art” are all terrible is an issue for… Keep Reading

Culture/History

Mead, Brannon, And Sexual Misery

Last week we delved into Coming of Age in Samoa, and now we’ll deal with its repercussions. As a casual glance around would inform you, much of the discussion of masculinity that goes on in this day and age is roughly “why don’t we just…change it? After all, there’s nothing inherent about it, it’s all just social constructs, right?” As was discussed in the last article, Mead and Boas were two of the biggest propagators of this train of thought. But the question remains, what is the link? How did Margaret Mead’s theories go from a popular anthropological text to one… Keep Reading

Culture

“Re-Imagined Masculinity” Is Always Doomed To Fail

A common trope one hears in the midst of the “official” discussions on masculinity (ie: stuff that you’d never find within a mile radius of a website such as this one) is the idea that “toxic masculinity” can be solved by “reimagining masculinity.” To elaborate, this is the idea that the traditional “social construct” of masculinity is harmful to all: it forces men to live up to a thuggish, belligerent, stressful ideal of masculinity that deprives them of worthwhile emotional connections, it hurts women because this “false” ideal of masculinity is the wellspring of cat-calling, the pay-gap, and of course… Keep Reading

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