Ken’s New Look(s), Deconstructed

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Just in time for men’s fashion week in Paris, Ken (yes, as in Barbie and Ken) has gotten a major new look: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/21/fashion/mattel-barbie-ken-dolls.html

Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Jr talks about his queer politics, drag performances, art and masculinity

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After the hanging of Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, Benazir Bhutto went on to join mainstream politics, while her brothers formed the Al-Zulfiqar. While the siblings had their differences, all of them were undoubtedly determined to carry out the legacy of their father. But it is the third generation of Bhuttos where the spectrum has spread more […]

How touching: The evolution of the man-hug

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Young men now touch each other more than in the 1990s, and it’s intimate not sexual: http://www.irishtimes.com/life-and-style/people/how-touching-the-evolution-of-the-man-hug-1.3121006

Rules of ‘how to be a dad’ are changing as gender roles continue to blur

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These days, the idea of the hard-working, emotionally distant and frequently absent father figure seems like a caricature from the past. During the past few decades, the discussion has moved beyond the father as only the breadwinner to encompass other styles of fathering variously described as “new”, “involved”, “active” or “engaged” fathers: https://theconversation.com/rules-of-how-to-be-a-dad-are-changing-as-gender-roles-continue-to-blur-72907

Jason Isbell Discusses Reckoning with White Southern Masculinity

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Jason Isbell’s The Nashville Sound is the summer soundtrack for those of us who fled small towns because of the sexism or the racism or the lack of opportunities, only to see all of those things amplified with the election of Donald Trump, rendering our hometowns almost hostile to our very existence: https://www.indyweek.com/music/archives/2017/06/15/jason-isbell-discusses-reckoning-with-white-southern-masculinity-on-his-excellent-new-lp-the-nashville-sound

Talking to Boys the Way We Talk to Girls

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At a Father’s Day breakfast, my 5-year-old son and his classmates sang a song about fathers, crooning about “my dad who’s big and strong” and “fixes things with his hammer” and, above all else, “is really cool”: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/15/well/family/talking-to-boys-the-way-we-talk-to-girls.html

Robert Jensen on Millennial men, climate change, and the increasing need for radical politics

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Zoë Goodall interviews Robert Jensen about his most-recent book, “The End of Patriarchy: Radical Feminism for Men”: http://www.feministcurrent.com/2017/06/14/robert-jensen-millennial-men-climate-change-increasing-need-radical-politics/

The snip: It’s a simple procedure, but having a vasectomy can raise questions of masculinity and equality

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Since word got out that my husband was considering a vasectomy – and I was planning to write about it – a lot of men have surprised me by eagerly sharing their “vasectomemories”: https://www.themonthly.com.au/issue/2017/june/1496239200/ceridwen-dovey/snip

Death In The Gunj; A Feminist Movie That’s Batting for Men

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Toxic masculinity; is it real or just a feminist ploy to get you to join the bandwagon? The phrase has come to stand for how being pressured to uphold masculine values of valour, courage, strength, responsibility, paying the bill, etc. eventually hurt men than help them by holding them to an impossible standard and setting […]

How ‘Snowflake’ Became America’s Inescapable Tough-Guy Taunt

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Every age has its own preferred terms of political emasculation. Teddy Roosevelt called Woodrow Wilson a “white-handy Miss Nancy.” Adlai Stevenson was dubbed “Adelaide.” Michael Dukakis was called a “pansy,” George H.W. Bush a “wimp” and John Kerry — in a subtle feat of gendered rhetoric — an effete “flip-flopper” who “looks French.”: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/13/magazine/how-snowflake-became-americas-inescapable-tough-guy-taunt.html