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The Five Stages of Masculinity December News Roundup

Populist masculinity

2016 in Review

So we have reached the end of the first year of activity for The Five Stages of Masculinity, which was articulated for the first time in January 2016. It is a significant challenge to seed a new concept in public consciousness, but I am nevertheless pleased with what has been achieved this year:

There are three main goals for 2017:

  • build further awareness of The Five Stages of Masculinity model and personality inventory
  • deliver The Five Stages of Masculinity certification course
  • establish partnerships to develop and mobilize The Five Stages of Masculinity in different domains

If you are interested in being part of the 2017 goals, please get in touch to start a conversation. I have created The Five Stages of Masculinity as a framework, but it is for other people to populate that framework with their areas of expertise. So I encourage you to become the thought leader in how your area of expertise fits with The Five Stages of Masculinity, which I would love to see taken in directions that are way beyond my current thinking.


In the past few months I have been using the term “populist masculinity” to describe the combining of several streams of Stage 2 masculinity that have culminated in the election of Trump. This month I have given more form to this term in an article published in Paste, Populist Masculinity: What It Is, and How To Beat It. This article teases out the different layers of populist masculinity and argues that the standard Stage 3 response is insufficient if progressives want to resist it and, in turn, Trump. I propose that progressives need to do a better job of not just understanding populist masculinity, but listening to its complaints in order to build new political alliances. (For those who want a change of medium, I’ve made an audio version of the article that you can listen to here.)

On a completely different note, I have a new article at The Good Men Project, What Could Artificial Intelligence Teach Us About Masculinity? In this article I imagine an experiment where we counter the socially-constructed nature of gender in language in the development of an AI. My feeling is the experiment would show that gender falls much more heavily towards nurture than nature, supporting a Stage 5 position that masculinity does not exist in any concrete sense. (Again, you can listen to an audio version of the article here.)

Stage 2

The Dirty Indian Male

Why I prayed for my testicles

The Many Ways Society Makes a Man

“Man of Steel” Brings Muscular Message to Oppose Right-to-Die Legislation

Manly Men Need to Do More Girly Jobs

Evangelicals Looking to Trump to Make America Manly Again

Stage 3

Homo Obnoxious: Is Toxic Masculinity Really Taking Over the Country?

Why Straight Rural Men Have Gay ‘Bud-Sex’ With Each Other

The emerging science of ‘bromosexual’ friendships

Masculinity Under the Microscope: Better Accounting for Men in Climate Adaptation

All hail the rise of cat men, an antidote to toxic masculinity

“Will I ever not be Haram?”: Masculinity, queerness and visibility in Palestinian culture

Men must provide alternative narrative of masculinity

Sparrows Explores Modern Icelandic Masculinity

The Dad-ification of Language Shows That Masculinity Is Still Evolving

Constructing Masculinity with Artist Joe Daniels

Stage 4

Rick Owens on What Makes a Man

The homosocial tendencies of elite male athletes

Stage 5

What Could Artificial Intelligence Teach Us About Masculinity?