The simple act of sorting masculinity articles by stage quickly reveals some insights into how the five stages function in different parts of society.
Stage 1 largely plays out in politics. We also see traditional masculine signifiers of sport and meat represented.
Stages 2 and 3 have a significant cultural dimension: film, TV and books.
Stage 4 is predictably queer.
Stage 5 refers to masculinity less, as it is all about moving beyond not just traditional notions of gender (the domain of Stages 2 and 3) but getting away from gender altogether. Given the number of people who operate at Stage 5 is quite small, it’s no surprise the number of articles is small.
Boots? Marco Rubio Wants to Talk Guns and Football: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/19/us/politics/boots-marco-rubio-wants-to-talk-guns-and-football.html
Meat Heads: New Study Focuses on How Meat Consumption Alters Men’s Self-Perceived Levels of Masculinity: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/zoe-eisenberg/meat-heads-new-study-focuses_b_8964048.html
Bootgate: Rivals dig at Marco Rubio’s masculinity: http://www.politico.com/story/2016/01/marco-rubio-boots-rivals-masculinity-217519
Trump’s angry white men: http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/jan/08/angry-white-men-love-donald-trump
Are Trump’s Supporters All Insecure About Their Masculinity? http://www.huffingtonpost.com/michael-kimmel/are-trumps-supporters-all_b_9069724.html
Odell Beckham Jr. vs. Toxic Black Masculinity: http://www.slate.com/blogs/outward/2015/12/29/odell_beckham_jr_gay_rumors_show_the_problem_with_black_masculinity.html
Murder in the suburbs: chilling book investigates masculinity in Australia: http://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/jan/30/in-the-suburbs-chilling-book-investigates-masculinity-in-australia
‘Goat’ Takes Aim at College Frat Hazing, Modern Masculinity: http://www.thewrap.com/goat-takes-aim-at-college-frat-hazing-modern-masculinity-with-help-from-nick-jonas/
Europe’s tragedy: Too much Angela Merkel, too little masculinity: https://www.rt.com/op-edge/329241-europes-tragedy-merkel-immigration/
Creed and the secrets of a male tear-jerker: http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/films/features/creed-and-the-secrets-of-a-male-tear-jerker-from-field-of-dreams-to-good-will-hunting-a6796501.html
The Long, Bristly History of Beards and Masculinity: http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/books/2016/01/of_beards_and_men_a_history_of_beards_by_christopher_oldstone_moore_reviewed.html
Star Wars: Men’s rights activists claim boycott cost The Force Awakens $4.2m: http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/films/news/star-wars-mens-rights-activists-claim-boycott-cost-the-force-awakens-42m-a6796146.html
Ladybird guide to ‘the husband’ tops Christmas bestseller list: http://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/dec/22/ladybird-guide-to-the-husband-tops-christmas-bestseller-list
The relationship between Muslim men and their beards is a tangled one:
Nobody has to “man up” here: Feminist shows “Jessica Jones” and “Transparent” are also a win for men: http://www.salon.com/2016/01/22/nobody_has_to_man_up_here_feminist_shows_jessica_jones_and_transparent_are_also_a_win_for_men/
‘Mad Dogs’ Doesn’t Celebrate American Masculinity, It Mourns It: http://decider.com/2016/01/22/mad-dogs-amazon-prime-loss-of-american-masculinity/
Tom Hardy On Being a Real Man: https://www.redbulletin.com/us/us/culture/tom-hardy-knows-what-being-a-real-man-means
The athlete demolishing misconceptions about masculinity: http://www.sbs.com.au/topics/sexuality/article/2016/01/15/athlete-demolishing-misconceptions-about-masculinity
College students join hands to redefine ‘Mardangi’: http://www.mumbaimirror.com/mumbai/others/College-students-join-hands-to-redefine-Mardangi/articleshow/50505040.cms
The 10 men who mattered in Australia in 2015: http://www.executivestyle.com.au/the-10-men-who-mattered-in-australia-in-2015-glojm2
Colombia’s peace requires disarming manhood, not just men: http://linkis.com/newint.org/blog/2016/AzI8H
Ditch the Label Gender Report 2016: http://www.ditchthelabel.org/gender-report-2016/
How David Bowie changed the face of modern masculinity: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/men/thinking-man/how-david-bowie-changed-the-face-of-modern-masculinity/
Are Feminism and the Transgender Movement At Odds? http://www.huffingtonpost.com/isaac-fornarola/are-feminism-and-the-tran_b_8882764.html
Jaden Smith Is the Newest Face of Louis Vuitton: http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/hip-hop/6828911/jaden-smith-newest-face-of-louis-vuitton-willow-smith-will-smith-jada-pinkett
Scientists discover ‘genderfluid’ lioness who looks, acts and roars like a male: http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2015/12/23/scientists-discover-genderfluid-lioness-who-looks-acts-and-roars-like-a-male/
Living with a Controversial Catholic Sect Helped Me Lose My Religion and Leave Masculinity Behind: http://www.vice.com/en_uk/read/living-with-opus-dei-student-390
That’s What Zhe Said: As Genders Blur, Language is Rapidly Adapting: http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/thats-what-zhe-said-genders-blur-language-rapidly-adapting
Call to remove gender from UK passports and driving licences: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jan/02/call-to-remove-gender-from-uk-passports-and-driving-licences