Masculinity Research News

The Five Stages of Masculinity November News Roundup


This month I have a new article on The Good Men Project website, We Need to Talk About Sustainable Masculinity. This article uses George Lakoff’s ideas about framing to critique the current obsession with describing everything as “toxic masculinity.” Lakoff states that “when you negate a frame, you activate the frame,” which suggests that every time you critique toxic masculinity, you actually mobilize and reinforce it. I go on to argue that we need to find a frame for masculinity that we are happy to activate and repeat on a daily basis, and propose that “sustainable masculinity” is a good option.

The Good Men Project also ran a reprint article of mine, Why I Changed My Mind About International Men’s Day. This article, in line with this month’s International Men’s Day, is part of my mission to trouble the tired binary between men’s rights advocates and feminists in order to make way for a different conversation about men and masculinity.


Newsletter Reader Profiles

Let’s continue with another newsletter reader profile. When I first started my work on masculinity over a decade ago it was as a doctoral student researching Christian masculinity (this went on to become my book, Numen, Old Men: Contemporary Masculine Spiritualities and the Problem of Patriarchy). During that time I was very critical of Christian men’s ministries. It’s easy to be critical from the outside, but much harder to challenge perceptions of masculinity from within the Church. That’s why I was happy to discover Steve Hinkle.

Steven T. Hinkle is passionate about encouraging and empowering men (young and old). His blog advocates for men and boys who may feel like a “male fail” because of cultural or Christian masculinity stereotypes. Steve has worked closely with and ministered to teenagers and adults as a pastor, church planter, youth pastor, and educator for over twenty years. Three years ago, Steve began sharing the message of his upcoming book to a growing audience and has been a featured writer and contributor to many online communities including The Good Men Project, Christians for Biblical Equality and For more information visit:

Stage 2

Clean Meat and Masculinity

Behind religious defense of Roy Moore, an aggressive view of masculinity

How John Wayne Became a Hollow Masculine Icon

‘Incel’: Reddit bans misogynist men’s group blaming women for their celibacy

How My Dad’s Toxic Masculinity Gave Me an Eating Disorder

Buzzfeed Crew Shocked To Learn They Have Low Testosterone Levels

Bromas brutales y cultura del aguante: el machismo en los yacimientos petroleros

Stage 3

The Unexamined Brutality of the Male Libido

White Men Feel Stricter Gun Laws Are Attacks On Their Masculinity, Study Says

The Evolution of Mr. Incredible’s Masculinity

The ‘masculine mystique’ – why men can’t ditch the baggage of being a bloke

The Spiritual Roots of Toxic Masculinity

Why ‘Mostly Straight’ Men Are a Distinct Sexual Identity

Masculinity and Mental Health in Post-Genocide Rwanda

Grad student’s ‘4:44’ syllabus an exploration of blackness, masculinity

The Punisher is everything that’s wrong with American masculinity

Won’t someone please think of the men?!

I fell for the cult of masculinity—and the myth that men are aggressive by nature

Tattoos, satin heels and pet snakes: the men redefining masculinity in the Middle East

The Search For Radical Happiness: On Of Montreal And Queer Masculinity

Stranger Things Is Great at Subverting Toxic Masculinity

Mackenzie Crook on Detectorists, his man cave and alternatives to toxic masculinity

How to overcome phallus-obsessed, toxic masculinity

We Need to Talk About Sustainable Masculinity

Involving Men in Gender Mainstreaming

Lewis Howes: How Men Can Be More Masculine And Vulnerable At Work

Checking My Male Privilege

It’s Time to Admit That Allowing Men Into the Workplace Was a Mistake

Listen up, men: We must shun our sexist friends

La masculinité ne rend pas les hommes heureux… Et tout le monde s’en fout !

Harcèlement sexuel : « Le modèle de l’alpha mâle disqualifie d’autres modèles de masculinité »

El reto de no ser un macho

El poeta y escritor ha presentado ‘La ética del fragmento’, un poemario que pretende definir una nueva masculinidad

‘Blockbusters’ rusos: patria, comunismo y masculinidad en la era de Putin

Stage 4

These Drag Queens and Performers Want You to Take Your Toxic Masculinity and Shove It

Men Need to Change, and Women Need to Change With Them

Transformistas Masculinos