Masculinity Research News

January News Roundup

Commentary

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.

Stage 1

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

Obama’s tears, America’s tragedy: http://www.salon.com/2016/01/06/obamas_tears_americas_tragedy_behind_fox_news_mockery_lies_uncomfortable_truth_about_our_failed_politics/

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

Stage 2

‘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:

Stage 3

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/

Stage 4

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

Stage 5

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