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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 […]

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Gender Representation or Transformation?

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This week someone asked me what I thought about the article, Iceland Closes Gender Gap but Violence Against Women Remains. There are various complex things going on to explain such a paradox, but the first thing that came to mind is the idea that you can have gender representation or transformation, but not necessarily both. […]

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Why Straight Men Should Read More Stuff By Gay Men

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I first started my work on masculinity over a decade ago as a doctoral student researching spirituality and masculinity. My 2009 book, Numen, Old Men: Contemporary Masculine Spiritualities and the Problem of Patriarchy argued that pretty much every type of “masculine spirituality” is actually a thinly-veiled patriarchal spirituality. The exception I identified was gay spirituality, […]

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Crypto-masculinities: Bitcoin vs Altcoins

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My Masculinity Coin project highlights how normative masculinity is so prevalent in the cryptocurrency community. I’ve previously mentioned how celebrities such as Ghostface Killahand Floyd Mayweather have lent a heavy-weight masculine vibe to cryptos. More recently, I have noticed how John McAfee is contributing to this Stage 2 factor, with a string of tweets showing […]

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Sex Robots and Intellectual Honesty

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Earlier this year in my article What Does the Future Hold for Masculinity? I stated that “Whether it be virtual reality porn or sexbots, we are probably not that far off being able to achieve good-enough replications of sex for many men to disengage from meaningful relationships with ‘actual’ women. If we perceive there to […]