Existentialism and the Origins of Male Supremacy

“While women demand a new status, says [Simone] de Beauvoir, they are far from achieving it and the institutions of patriarchy are still largely intact. Not only have 'abstract rights' not been granted to women everywhere; abstract rights themselves have never sufficed to assure women a definite hold on the world. True equality, she adds, … Continue reading Existentialism and the Origins of Male Supremacy

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Men’s Interests in Contemporary Patriarchy: A Draft Balance Sheet

“Treating ‘men’ and ‘women’ as undifferentiated categories, it is possible to draw up a collective balance sheet for men showing both the gains and losses, or benefits and costs, from contemporary gender arrangements. [...] The model distinguishes four major dimensions (or structures) in gender relations. This discussion focusses on the current state of play in … Continue reading Men’s Interests in Contemporary Patriarchy: A Draft Balance Sheet

Overdoing Gender: A Test of the Masculine Overcompensation Thesis

“The 1964 film Dr. Strangelove, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb depicts the initiation of World War III as a great act of overcompensation by a sexually impotent general [General Jack D. Ripper]. [...]     The masculine overcompensation thesis asserts that men react to masculine insecurity by enacting extreme demonstrations … Continue reading Overdoing Gender: A Test of the Masculine Overcompensation Thesis

The Alt-Right: Reactionary Rehabilitation for White Masculinity

  “Crises of national masculinity are a dominant and recurring feature of mainstream political discourse in the United States, but their political utility for jingoistic and authoritarian campaigns bears particular relevance in the modern day. 9/11, and the subsequent war on terror, enshrined a very particular version of masculine crisis into a narrative that had … Continue reading The Alt-Right: Reactionary Rehabilitation for White Masculinity

The Biggest Myth about our Brains is that they are “Male” or “Female”

“I realized that if certain areas of the brain could change from the typical ‘female form’ to the typical ‘male form’ under stress, there was no point in talking about the female brain and the male brain” “We take for granted how often laymen and even researchers use science—and specifically neuroscience—to “verify” stereotypes about gender: … Continue reading The Biggest Myth about our Brains is that they are “Male” or “Female”

… the more masculinity asserts itself, the more it calls itself into question.

“The closer we come to uncovering some form of exemplary masculinity, a masculinity which is solid and sure of itself, the clearer it becomes that masculinity is structured through contradiction: the more it asserts itself, the more it calls itself into question.” Segal, Lynne. 1990. Slow Motion: Changing Masculinities, Changing Men. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers … Continue reading … the more masculinity asserts itself, the more it calls itself into question.

Men at Bay: The ‘Men’s Movement’ and Its Newest Best-Sellers

“Therapy of course has value for dealing with situations of crisis and despair. In less dramatic situations it often helps with sheer survival. But to transform emotional relationships, and a complex emotional structure like ‘masculinity,’ is inherently a collective project not an individual one. It must involve large numbers of people; it must deal with … Continue reading Men at Bay: The ‘Men’s Movement’ and Its Newest Best-Sellers

Combatting Toxic Masculinity In Our Schools – Un-Teaching Gender Stereotypes For Boys

"All of this matters. All of these subtle and not-so-subtle messages are how we teach masculinity and femininity to children. It is important to remember that there is no biological reason why boys should not play with dolls or wear dresses. There is no biological reason for boys to like cars or diggers. There is … Continue reading Combatting Toxic Masculinity In Our Schools – Un-Teaching Gender Stereotypes For Boys

Boys and Their Toys

Contemporary self-making often requires dramatic reinvention. Left: A shy midwesterner, Marion Michael Morrison, transformed himself into John Wayne, the most readily identifiable masculine icon of the decades following World War II. (Publicity photography) Bottom: And President George W. Bush, son and grandson of aristocratic New England bluebloods, who repped at Andover, graduated from Yale and … Continue reading Boys and Their Toys

We’ve been labelled ‘anti-sex difference’ for demanding greater scientific rigour

“[W]e and our colleagues have been named as “anti-sex difference”, and thus some of the prime culprits in creating this situation. This is like accusing the people who invented airbags as being “anti-seatbelts”. We are all aiming for better science.” “Some of the errors and traps we identified included human neuroimaging studies with small sample … Continue reading We’ve been labelled ‘anti-sex difference’ for demanding greater scientific rigour