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 churchleaders.com. For more information visit: http://www.masculinityrethink.com
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
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
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