This month I have two new articles out continuing my exploration of the different strands that make up populist masculinity. The first article is Masculinity and the Environment: A Double-edged Sword (audio version here). In this article I start with what we already know about conservative men and climate change denial and then indicate how this manifests within the populist masculinity celebrity class. However, it’s not all bad news. The article then goes on to show how even archetypally masculine celebrities—the muscular Arnold Schwarzenegger, the industrialist Elon Musk, and the playboy Leonardo DiCaprio—demonstrate admirable leadership in regard to how men can support the environment.
This points to the idea that the combination of masculinity and the environment is one of the great untapped opportunities of our time. First, more work needs to be done to show how stereotypically masculine behavior harms the environment. Second, more work needs to be done to turn environmentalism into a “men’s issue,” in order to create much-needed cross-pollination between these two typically separate domains.
The second article is Populist Masculinity, Christian Men’s Ministries and Trump (audio version here). In this article I show how the various streams of populist masculinity that have formed around Trump have commonalities with Christian men’s ministries (or, in other words, the Christian men’s movement); this extends my older work on spirituality and masculinity published in my book Numen, Old Men: Contemporary Masculine Spiritualities and the Problem of Patriarchy. The article concludes in speculative territory, noting how little would need to happen in order for populist masculinity to morph into a new religious movement.
Men and Masculinities Online Discussion
I am planning an online discussion with the objective of catalyzing activities around the subject of men and masculinities. This fixed-term discussion is for people whose work relates to men and masculinities, either as service providers, policymakers, media/content producers or researchers who work outside of the university system.
If you would like to take part in this discussion, send me an email with a quick note about your work and I will send you details about how to join.
Certification in The Five Stages of Masculinity
The first round of Certification in The Five Stages of Masculinity is now underway. If you’re interested in learning more about this new model and gaining access to a significant amount of content exclusive to students, it is still possible to register.