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The Five Stages of Masculinity July News Roundup


This month Arianna Huffington’s new venture Thrive Global has a series of articles on its website about the subject of “redefining masculinity.” I was pleased to be the focus of one of the Q&As in this series. Here are a couple of the questions where I distilled some of the key takeaways of Stage 4 and 5 on The Five Stages of Masculinity.

Thrive Global: How would you define masculinity?

Joseph Gelfer: I don’t want to define masculinity, as it is the act of defining that results in many of the problems. On the one hand you have conservatives who seek to define masculinity by stereotypical standards. On the other hand you have progressives who seek to redefine masculinity by alternative standards, such as being sensitive and vulnerable. There is a commonality here: men being told what masculinity should look like. So I don’t want to define or redefine masculinity: I want to undefine it.

TG: What do you think children should be taught about masculinity?

JG: Masculinity does not really exist. Or if it does exist, it is as unique to the individual as a fingerprint, so there are essentially as many masculinities as there are people. Don’t listen to anyone who tells you what masculinity should look like. Be free.

It gave me some satisfaction to see Huffington tweet a link to the Q&A with the quote “Masculinity does not really exist” to her 2.76m followers (and sharing the link again to her 5.6m followers on LinkedIn and another 1.4m on Facebook). Here’s to further mainstream exposure J

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Stage 2

Shiva’s band of men: Into the world of the Kanwariyas

Tradesmen and men working ‘masculine’ jobs at highest risk of suicide

‘I finally felt like one of the guys’: How toxic masculinity breeds sexual abusers

Boys told to ‘man up’ by peers are 4 times more likely to bully others

Liberals Have Turned Trump Into a Gay Villain Because Our Worst Villains Must Be Gay

Oamaroovian man anthropological relic

How one strain of macho theology leads to a church choir singing “Make America Great Again”

Trump and Putin Meet in Testosterone-Fueled Face-Off

Mâle alpha le retour

Stage 3

CrossFit Guru Kelly Starrett On Manhood, Raising Daughters And Rites Of Passage

How Masculinity Training Is Curbing Teen Violence In Chicago

Frats, Trump, Powerlessness, And Other Things You Learn From Studying Men

What’s behind the tech industry’s toxic masculinity problem?

The ‘gangsta gardener’ who believes masculinity is about being a conscious citizen of the planet

Rewriting the man code: the new masculinity

Judge blocks Taylor Swift’s expert witness testimony about former Denver radio host’s threatened masculinity

The Men Who Never Have to Grow Up

Jay-Z, Prince Harry, Brad Pitt, and the New Frontiers of Male Vulnerability

Talking Representation, Masculinity and Emotional Expression With the Creators of “Black Boy Feelings”

Real Men Might Get Made Fun Of

Why new rules on gender stereotyping in ads benefit men, too

These Men Can’t Do Home Repair. And They’re Fine With That

Is North America’s opioid epidemic a crisis of masculinity?

Are We Witnessing The Rise Of The Woke Lad?

Why Some Men Don’t Work: Video Games Have Gotten Really Good

The underlying kawaii culture that reinforces Japanese masculinity

The Rise of ‘Ironic Masculinity’ in Advertising

The Fifth Element’s Alternative Masculinity

All Hail Daddy! How Obedience Trumps Masculinity in the GOP

How to Keep Donald Trump from Spreading His Toxic Masculinity to Future Generations

Patriarchy and Toxic Masculinity Are Dominating America Under Trump

Planeta No: “Al final somos músicos hijos de su tiempo”

Los estereotipos masculinos en publicidad: ¿por qué las marcas no consiguen enganchar a los hombres?

Excéntrica Producciones estrena una obra sobre “masculinidades nocivas” en el Festival de Danza Itálica

“Los hombres que maltratan a las mujeres son los hijos sanos del patriarcado”

Stage 4

We Need To ‘Undefine’ Masculinity