‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ and its unexpected examination of toxic masculinity

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Science fiction has often been used by writers and filmmakers as a medium to indirectly comment on the societal issues of the day. During the mid-2000s, Battlestar Galactica was seen as a political and social allegory for the Iraq War, while the 1951 Godzilla film played on post-nuclear fear in Japan: https://uk.movies.yahoo.com/star-wars-last-jedi-unexpected-examination-toxic-masculinity-spoilers-115626888.html

Syrian nationalism is all about masculinity

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To truly “belong” to Syria, you have to be masculine – especially in a time of war. And throughout the country’s catastrophic six-year conflict, the same macho message has been driven home repeatedly: https://theconversation.com/syrian-nationalism-is-all-about-masculinity-87406

The ManKind Project: How programmes, politics and pop culture are addressing toxic masculinity

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In the wake of modern narratives surrounding sexual harassment, toxic masculinity and staggering male suicide rates, various sectors are attempting to rebalance what it means to ‘man up’: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/long_reads/toxic-maculinity-man-up-mental-health-men-women-gender-stereotypes-feeling-emotions-mankind-project-a8097456.html

Trump’s Manipulation of Muslim Masculinity

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The President of the United States recently retweeted anti-Muslim videos showing various instances of violence being committed by “Muslim” men. Soon thereafter the veracity of the videos was questioned, revealing that at least one of the perpetrators was actually not a Muslim: http://blog.lareviewofbooks.org/essays/trumps-manipulation-muslim-masculinity/

Teen program combats violence by challenging macho stereotypes

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As a group of teen boys joked and scarfed down a pizza lunch in a Little Village classroom, their instructor posed questions: Is showing compassion and emotion manly? How do you prioritize responsibilities like homework and adequate sleep? What does it really mean to be a man? http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-met-teen-boys-manhood-program-20171113-story.html

The Crisis in Masculinity After #MeToo

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After a recent article I published in Vox debated whether sex addiction is a “real” mental disorder or primarily an excuse used by men to escape punishment for sexual crimes, I received an onslaught of emails from men. Dozens of men. Some asked for advice about treatment for sexual issues, others (including a male therapist) […]

“The Crown” proves that even queens must contend with toxic masculinity

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The royal period drama The Crown has returned to Netflix with its second season, to chronicle the next era of Queen Elizabeth II’s seven-decade-long reign. The first time around, The Crown focused mostly on Elizabeth’s final years as a princess—the period immediately following her wedding to Prince Philip in 1947 and ending with her coronation […]

‘Our business is men, and men are not toxic’: Colorado strip club sign raises ire

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Deborah Dunafon is unapologetic about the sign she posted saying ‘Toxic Masculinity Welcome Here’ despite unsurprising outrage on social media: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/dec/03/colorado-strip-club-sign-toxic-masculinity-glendale

Welcome to Our New Age—the Victorian Feminist Era

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How can we call out male sexual predation without lurching into zealous excess? Christian conservatives and feminists should work on this one together: https://www.thedailybeast.com/welcome-to-our-new-agethe-victorian-feminist-era

Poor Girls Are Leaving Their Brothers Behind

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As a college education becomes increasingly important in today’s economy, it’s girls, not boys, who are succeeding in school. For kids from poor families, that can make the difference between social mobility and a lifetime of poverty: https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2017/11/gender-education-gap/546677/