Masculinity

Set to Explode: On masculinity and death

My best friend died at twenty years old. He, like so many males, was set to explode; a bomb of manhood with a wick as short as impulse. He was taught only…

Learnings from talking about 'healthy masculinity'

I’ve been pleased that my essay “How Talking About ‘Healthy Masculinity’ Is Like Talking About ‘Healthy Cancer’” has been generating a robust conversation online. Though I’ve responded here and there to questions…

Was Danny Brown sexually assaulted on stage?

This story is pretty all around gross. Trigger warning for grossness, k? Because we’ve yet to hear from Danny Brown on the whole incident, aside from his bragging on Twitter, it’s hard…

The Steubenville rape case: This is masculinity

Two high school football players from Steubenville, Ohio were found guilty of raping a 16 year old girl on Sunday. They were both convicted of digitally penetrating the victim, and one was…

But what about the men? On masculinity and mass shootings

“But what about the men?” It’s a question that’s been largely avoided by the mainstream within the context of mass shootings. The recent tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut sparked thousands of conversations across…

Don't much care about the men: Man problems edition

What about the menz is weighing on me this week. So everyone’s talking about how *gasp* men and boys are dealing with body image issues. Due to a recent story in the…

Not my Nigel: On mothers, sons, responsibility, and denial

After reading a piece, published back in 1989 by Sonia Johnson called “Rearing Nice Sons Can’t Change the World“, I started thinking about mothers, sons, male privilege and what’s sometimes referred to…