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Be Present Men’s Movement Pant

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Just yesterday I mentioned how a variety of countercultural themes can become commodified. How about this combination of masculinity, spirituality and commerce: the Be Present Men’s Movement Pant : According to the retailer Asana Activewear: ‘Be Present’s lightweight “Breathe Weave” Fabric, great for yoga or hot summer days!’. The rather queer ‘men’s bottoms department’ continues […]

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Dallas Men’s Event

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This flyer from Christian Men’s Network this morning, promoting a “new wave of men’s movement”. The usual stuff: authentic manhood, manhood and Christlikeness are synonymous. But what strikes me about this is that it has a rather Soviet look to it: that guy on the left with the tie could almost be Lenin.

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From the archive: literally

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Undertaking archival research is always a time-warp, but none more so than with one’s own papers. From mine, which look old enough to be part of a long-dead person’s estate, I can see two persistent themes in my life. First, I have been trying to get an answer out of The Vatican since 1982 (when […]

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Shelling the ARC

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Starting with the statement “Joseph Gelfer put me on to this”, Roland Boer has concluded that a shell should be launched into the Australian Research Council offices at Canberra, as part of a response to their poorly conceived ERA journal ranking exercise. Let the record show that I do not condone the use of violence […]

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Joseph Gelfer: Dictator

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One of the dirty little secrets of having your own website is trawling through the user statistics to see where people come from to get to the site, and the search terms they use. Historically my favorite has been someone arriving from the search “related:www.iraniangaydoctors.com”. How I am related to iraniangaydoctors.com I do not know, […]

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From the archive: I Remember Adlestrop

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Some stories have a surprisingly long life. Recently, an article I wrote about Edward Thomas’ poem Adlestrop popped back in my mind. First, the poet Michael Rosen, who makes an appearance in the article, was recently appointed to the children’s laureateship; second, I got an email from someone who had been to Adlestrop, gone home […]