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The Five Stages of Masculinity January News Roundup

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Commentary January has been a huge month for #MeToo, which is both good and bad. It’s good because it brings attention to a lot of disgraceful behaviour; it’s bad because it results in a lot of groupthink from both progressives and conservatives. This groupthink is present in the vast majority of media coverage of #MeToo. […]

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CFP: Gender, Sexuality and the Blockchain (edited collection)

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Introduction While most people equate the blockchain with cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, the technology also has far broader applications in the financial sector, as well as land registration, voting, prediction markets, identity verification, smart contracts and any number of other domains where decentralized and transparent processes add value. The majority of attention given to blockchain […]

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Clean Meat and Masculinity

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My latest article, originally published on The Good Men Project. What is Clean Meat? One of the most revolutionary new product types in development right now must be clean meat. The term “clean meat” refers to the problem that the meat industry has an enormous impact upon the environment. The Worldwatch Institute claims that at […]

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The Power, Violence and Complicity Cycle

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Every time we hear of a new mass shooting the finger is pointed at “toxic masculinity.” Certainly, masculinity is in the mix, but it is not the highest order problem. We should be looking at the disease, not the symptom. Last year I wrote about “peak toxic masculinity.” In that article I noted that while […]

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Men, Women and the Chain of Suspicion

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My latest article, originally published at The Good Men Project. In his book, The Dark Forest, Chinese sci-fi author Liu Cixin writes of first contact between intergalactic civilizations and the problems that can ensue. Liu introduces the speculative academic discipline of “cosmic sociology,” which seeks to understand the dynamics that can exist between different worlds. […]

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China and the Future of Masculinity?

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Probably my favourite novel this year was The Mandibles by Lionel Shriver, which paints a picture of America in a few decades time in a state of economic and cultural decay, with China’s economic ascendancy taking place in the background. Of course, we all know about the Chinese economic miracle, but less people know about […]

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The Bitcoin–Populist Masculinity Nexus

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It’s quite easy to bring two of my recent lines of exploration together: crypto-masculinity and populist masculinity. For example, if you look at the Twitter feeds of populist masculinity celebrities Mike Cernovich, Roosh and Richard Spencer you will quickly find references to Bitcoin, and this interest spans out to various other lesser players in the […]