Posts Tagged ‘masculinity’

Misogyny: Geeks vs. Jocks

Relevant to this blog's conversations on geek feminism and male-dominated nerddom: Restructure! argues that misogyny in geek spaces is a product of the construction of geek masculinity, which sees itself as a necessarily male rival to the Alpha male "jock" identity:

Phallic Sword Infomercial Video Corner

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After a long day discussing domestic violence legislation, geek misogyny, and Playboy-style manipulation, why not end the day with this incredibly phallic infomercial featuring some mustached guys wielding the Cold Steel Two Handed Great Sword into various cuts of meat, animal skulls, even a balloon? And that's not all: Only the Cold Steel Two Handed [...]

The Morning After: Masculinity Crisis Edition

* Figleaf points us to the myth that masculinity is perpetually "in crisis," from Rip Van Winkle onward.

Who Is to Blame For An Effeminate Man?

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Last month, I wrote about how chivalry encourages men to take responsibility for maintaining feminine virtue. Of course, once men assume ownership over the actions of women, women are encouraged to police themselves in order to avoid embarrassing the men in their lives. Endless cycle, no?
Let's take a look at how this collaborative gender policing [...]

The Social Limitations of Guyliner

Maybe he's born with it.
I never thought I'd write this sentence, but: I've recently read a very interesting insight into the phenomenon of "guyliner." My Sex Professor's Dr. Debby Herbenick on the limitations of guyliner-as-trend: "Over the past few years, more and more men have been using guyliner," she writes. "Which would be an interesting [...]

Sexist Beatdown: Retrosexual Menaissance Edition

Exhibit A: This Man stopped wearing Hot Topic at an appropriate age.
Recently, Sady Doyle discerned the social issue that would define our generation:
The chicks today, they get to do so many things! Why, they can vote, and attend colleges, and even drink and smoke in public! These chicks: An alarming number of them [...]

Sexist Comments of the Week: Exploding Masculinity Edition

Masculinity: Should we explode it? That's the question posed by Sexist commenters in last week's battle over the M-word and its place in the education of men and boys. So: Should we redefine masculinity to encourage boys to be manly-but-in-a-good-way, or should we blow the whole concept to smithereens in a strangely masculine display of [...]

The Morning After: First Cougar Supreme Court Justice Edition

In a 7-2 decision, the Court decided those shoes are to die for.

Rating recent commentaries on issues related to Elena Kagan's appearance:

In Which I Debate Lionel Tiger on “Male Studies”

Apparently, my extensive punning work on the topic of Male Studies has qualified me to comment internationally on the nascent academic discipline. Yesterday, I appeared on Canadian CBC radio program "Q with Jian Ghomeshi" in order to provide the yin to Male Studies founder Lionel Tiger's yang on the phenomenon of the "male as male," and [...]

Impromptu Meeting of the Male Studies Department

Important Announcement: I have ceased all productive output this afternoon because I'm too busy making up fake names of Male Studies scholars on Twitter. For the uninitiated, "Male Studies" is the answer to "Men's Studies" dedicated to studying the male . . . "as male." Revolutionary.
None of our imaginary professors' names will ever beat the [...]

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