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The Five Stages of Masculinity January News Roundup

The Five Stages of Masculinity Official Certification

Registration is now open to become officially certified in The Five Stages of Masculinity.

The certification course will be delivered remotely, but participants will work individually with me via email, telephone and Skype. This is not an online course where participants passively watch videos and take simple quizzes.

The course comprises five modules (one for each of the five stages). Participants will receive descriptive worksheets for each module and engage in exercises about how the five stages manifest generally in society and more specifically in participants’ work and lives.

This is the first time that official certification in The Five Stages of Masculinity has been offered, so it is a valuable opportunity to become an early adopter and practitioner of this emerging model, and to become the expert in how The Five Stages of Masculinity is utilized in participants’ professional domains.

Certification will be beneficial for:

  • personal and business coaches
  • counsellors and therapists
  • social and youth workers
  • group facilitators and trainers
  • individuals with an interest in masculinity and personal development.

Read more information about becoming officially certified in The Five Stages of Masculinity here.


The biggest gender story this month was the Women’s March against Trump in Washington and hundreds of other locations around the world. This resulted in various stories about the absence of men in the marches, such as Men are slow to show support for the Women’s March. Is it considered unmasculine? Of course, it’s great to see such huge numbers of women gather to give voice to their political concerns, but I remain unconvinced that such Stage 3 framing is the best strategy for building progressive futures. I started to write about this last month in my article, Populist Masculinity: What It Is, and How To Beat It. I have unpacked this issue further in a new article, Men, Women, and the Challenge of Individual and Systemic Privilege.

The point of this article is to reiterate the need for an alliance between men and women that speaks of gender in a way that does justice to both, rather than solely within the context of gender equality (although of course, gender equality is still a major problem). In this article, I explore the dynamics of individual and systemic privilege experienced by men and women via the following simple graphic:

The article shows how privilege does not operate as simply as Stage 3 would suggest, opening up new ways for men and women to understand each other’s experience, which in turn allows for a re-orientation of identity away from “men” and “women” (or, ideologically, Stage 2 and Stage 3), towards the “haves” and “have-nots.”

I have made an audio recording of this article, along with a number of other recent articles which can be accessed on your platform of choice: YouTube or SoundCloud.

Stage 2

During The Trump Era, Will Men Finally Start Acting Like Men Again?

Jallikattu protests are really about Tamil masculinity, not tradition or preservation of bull species

Hey, Steve Harvey, Who Says I Might Not Steal Your Girl

Futurist Author Describes Reality of Living Among ‘Ems’ (Computer-Based Brain Emulations)

Why Men Don’t Want the Jobs Done Mostly by Women

Chinese media must dispel Asian stereotypes

Stage 3

White, male and angry: revenge of the nerds

If you think Spielberg can’t do women, you’re missing his point about men

American masculinity is broken: Men explain their Women’s March activism

Men, Women, and the Challenge of Individual and Systemic Privilege

Latte pappas

New gender ideals in Egypt

The End of Patriarchy: Radical Feminism for Men

Men are slow to show support for the Women’s March. Is it considered unmasculine

Japanese Boy Band Saves the World: Postcolonial Masculinities in Final Fantasy XV

How ‘Fight Club’ Became the Ultimate Handbook for Men’s Rights Activists

Vegan eating: More men are going animal-free

Instead Of Fighting Feminists, What India’s Men’s Rights Activists Should Be Doing

Stage 4

YouTubers Are Redefining What It Means To Be Male in 2017

With Manicures and Makeup, Japan’s ‘Genderless’ Blur Line Between Pink and Blue

Why bisexual men are still fighting to convince us they exist