Masculinity Research News

January News Roundup


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:

Meat Heads: New Study Focuses on How Meat Consumption Alters Men’s Self-Perceived Levels of Masculinity:

Bootgate: Rivals dig at Marco Rubio’s masculinity:

Trump’s angry white men:

Are Trump’s Supporters All Insecure About Their Masculinity?

Obama’s tears, America’s tragedy:

Odell Beckham Jr. vs. Toxic Black Masculinity:

Murder in the suburbs: chilling book investigates masculinity in Australia:

Stage 2

‘Goat’ Takes Aim at College Frat Hazing, Modern Masculinity:

Europe’s tragedy: Too much Angela Merkel, too little masculinity:

Creed and the secrets of a male tear-jerker:

The Long, Bristly History of Beards and Masculinity:

Star Wars: Men’s rights activists claim boycott cost The Force Awakens $4.2m:

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:

‘Mad Dogs’ Doesn’t Celebrate American Masculinity, It Mourns It:

Tom Hardy On Being a Real Man:

The athlete demolishing misconceptions about masculinity:

College students join hands to redefine ‘Mardangi’:

The 10 men who mattered in Australia in 2015:

Colombia’s peace requires disarming manhood, not just men:

Ditch the Label Gender Report 2016:

Stage 4

How David Bowie changed the face of modern masculinity:

Are Feminism and the Transgender Movement At Odds?

Jaden Smith Is the Newest Face of Louis Vuitton:

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:

Stage 5

That’s What Zhe Said: As Genders Blur, Language is Rapidly Adapting:

Call to remove gender from UK passports and driving licences: