This month I have a new article on The Good Men Project website, We Need to Talk About Sustainable Masculinity. This article uses George Lakoff’s ideas about framing to critique the current obsession with describing everything as “toxic masculinity.” Lakoff states that “when you negate a frame, you activate the frame,” which suggests that every time you critique toxic masculinity, you actually mobilize and reinforce it. I go on to argue that we need to find a frame for masculinity that we are happy to activate and repeat on a daily basis, and propose that “sustainable masculinity” is a good option.
The Good Men Project also ran a reprint article of mine, Why I Changed My Mind About International Men’s Day. This article, in line with this month’s International Men’s Day, is part of my mission to trouble the tired binary between men’s rights advocates and feminists in order to make way for a different conversation about men and masculinity.
Newsletter Reader Profiles
Let’s continue with another newsletter reader profile. When I first started my work on masculinity over a decade ago it was as a doctoral student researching Christian masculinity (this went on to become my book, Numen, Old Men: Contemporary Masculine Spiritualities and the Problem of Patriarchy). During that time I was very critical of Christian men’s ministries. It’s easy to be critical from the outside, but much harder to challenge perceptions of masculinity from within the Church. That’s why I was happy to discover Steve Hinkle.
Steven T. Hinkle is passionate about encouraging and empowering men (young and old). His blog advocates for men and boys who may feel like a “male fail” because of cultural or Christian masculinity stereotypes. Steve has worked closely with and ministered to teenagers and adults as a pastor, church planter, youth pastor, and educator for over twenty years. Three years ago, Steve began sharing the message of his upcoming book to a growing audience and has been a featured writer and contributor to many online communities including The Good Men Project, Christians for Biblical Equality and churchleaders.com. For more information visit: http://www.masculinityrethink.com