The Five Stages of Masculinity July News Roundup

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Stage 1 masculinity as an underlying cause of social problems was highlighted this month in an LA Times article, “One group is responsible for America’s culture of violence, and it isn’t cops, black Americans, Muslims or rednecks. It’s men” (a very similar article ran in the UK in The Independent). Such articles are important by showing how masculinity impacts society even if the word “masculinity” is not invoked. However, such articles, along with the ever-present mantra of “toxic masculinity” and “fragile masculinity,” must be complemented with a word of caution: it is hard to imagine how relentlessly negative framing of masculinity will manifest in positive change. This is the double-edged sword of Stage 3 masculinity: it is crucial in revealing what is wrong with masculinity, but not so useful in building an alternative.

This month also saw an interesting clutch of articles at Stage 3 and 4 about Asian masculinities, which is a nice extension to last month’s focus on black masculinities. Again, though, a word of caution. It is tempting to look, for example, at the article about G-Dragon in Vogue China and conclude that different forms of masculinity are being promoted, thus suggesting Stage 4. However, if that form of masculinity is viewed via an Asian lens as somehow “appropriate” for men, then we are more accurately seeing a Stage 2 dynamic, as some mild regulation is taking place. It’s never as simple as it appears!

Stage 1

One group is responsible for America’s culture of violence, and it isn’t cops, black Americans, Muslims or rednecks. It’s men

The twin curse of masculinity and male-dominated politics helped create Brexit

Stage 2

‘The Liberation Project’ Podcast Redefines Masculinity and Manhood for a Fatherless Generation

Extreme Preening: Why Rich Men Are the New Rich Women

Rise of ‘bigorexia’: men with body image issues battling depression

Stage 3

Changing masculinities in East Asian pop culture

How television is redefining masculinity for South Asian and Middle Eastern men

Rise of the ‘alta-male’: The new priorities of men in 2016

Feminist Frequency’s Johnathan McIntosh Has New Show About Masculinity

America’s police culture has a masculinity problem

Campus men’s groups explore what it means to be a dude

This Boy Can: Brands, gender and the new masculinity

‘It’s like we’re seen as animals’: black men on their vulnerability and resilience

Decentralizing Masculinity

What can we do about masculinity in crisis?

In ‘Oshralia,’ an Israeli Protagonist Searches for His Lost Masculinity in Australia

B-Boys and Men: Towards a More Holistic Expression of Masculinity in Hip Hop

Stage 4

G-Dragon oozes metro-masculinity for Vogue

Styles of Masculinity

Imaging black masculinity ten years in the future