In search of the American man: why I hitchhiked across the Rust Belt

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The state of American masculinity is in flux as blue-collar jobs vanish. Drew Philp travels the midwest and Appalachia to find out what that looks like: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/sep/19/in-search-of-the-american-man-hitchhiking-masculinity

Inside The Testosterone-Soaked Culture Of India’s Guys-Only WhatsApp Groups

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In a time when it’s decreasingly cool to be sexist, some men are retreating to the privacy of all-male WhatsApp groups to validate their misogyny: https://www.buzzfeed.com/pranavdixit/inside-the-testosterone-soaked-culture-of-indias-guys-only?utm_term=.glm39Lr1Wl#.vo9vAYezyW

Floyd Mayweather Says Trump’s ‘Grab Them by the P—-‘ Comments Are How a ‘Real Man’ Talks

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In a new interview with Hollywood Unlocked, Floyd Mayweather opened up about his friendship with President Trump and defended the lewd comments that Trump made on an Access Hollywood tape in a private conversation with host Billy Bush: https://www.si.com/boxing/2017/09/14/floyd-mayweather-donald-trump-access-hollywood-tape-comments

William Giraldi on life as a bookish bodybuilder: ‘It’s a poisoned way to be a man’

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As a teenager, William Giraldi would pump himself full of steroids, hit the gym … and secretly read Keats. His new memoir examines the absurdities of modern masculinity and envisages a better world in which his sons don’t get caught in its toxic grip: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/sep/05/william-giraldi-on-life-as-a-bookish-bodybuilder-its-a-poisoned-way-to-be-a-man?CMP=twt_gu

Bannon, Gorka and the Fall of Trump’s ‘Alpha Males’

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The macho men came into Washington, D.C., like the Rough Riders of lore, ready to tear down this town-upon-a-swamp, then set it ablaze with the fury of their nationalist convictions. Eight months later, they’re slinking away with a collective whine, reminding Americans once again of the vast gap between rhetoric and action, between tough words […]

How a Gambian manhood ceremony helps turn London boys into men

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When Davis Williams went to the Gambia, he saw boys undergoing a formal ceremony celebrating manhood. He now uses the idea to help boys from African and Caribbean families in London: https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2017/sep/02/how-a-gambian-manhood-ceremony-helps-turn-london-boys-into-men

The curse of masculinity: what it was like to grow up in small-town America

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In a family, there’s no distinction as pronounced as the one between those who fit and those who won’t. Ours was an unreasonably masculine household. Reared by a single father and his ultra-macho brethren, in a working-class New Jersey town improbably named Manville, I was a bad match for so much strutting testosterone: too small, […]

Real Men & Real Food: The Cultural Politics of Male Weight Loss

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When Weight Watchers first launched an online program “customized just for guys” in 2007, one of their advertisements proclaimed, “Real men don’t diet.” This counterintuitive declaration evoked the questions that animate my current research: https://nursingclio.org/2017/08/15/real-men-real-food-the-cultural-politics-of-male-weight-loss/

What I Learned About Masculinity at a Biker Festival

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At the Jüterbog Motorcycle Jamboree, I saw strongman competitions, bikes and strippers but also talked to men about their hopes, dreams and fears: https://www.vice.com/en_uk/article/d38a8m/what-i-learned-about-masculinity-at-a-biker-festival

Male infertility: When men can’t have children, they suffer in silence

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A macho culture and lack of awareness around male infertility in Australia is causing men with reproductive hurdles to question their masculinity: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-08-09/the-emasculating-experience-of-male-infertility/8749492