masculinity

Twisted Trauma: “Malcolm & Marie” Evaluates the Young, Female Muse

Marie is a muse without divine favor: She must know invisibility so that he might know its opposite.

Slippery Soft: The Rise of the Manic Pixie Dream Boy

Manic Pixie Dream Boyism resists the clean-cut mold of macho masculinity. Read more »

Whatever His Kink, Armie Hammer Is an Abuser

Social media rapidly shared jokes about his cannibalism fetish.  Read more »

Shia LaBeouf’s Abuse Confession Can’t Absolve Him

LaBeouf admitted to abusing loved ones for years. Read more »

Will Feminine Boys Ever Truly Be in Style?

Few things can scorch the internet as much as a man in a dress. Read more »

Biden, Byrde, and the Limits of “Toxic Masculinity” Discourse

For men like Joe Biden, the solution is never to contend with their own role in upholding an oppressive system—or to step aside to make room for others. Read more »

Meat and Potatoes: In “Tomboyland,” Melissa Faliveno Asks Who Can Explore Queerness

Given Faliveno’s commitment to honesty, there isn’t a moment in Tomboyland that feels chastising or heavy-handed. Read more »

Boys and Their Toys: Privatizing Space Is the Ultimate Tech Bro Fantasy

This race takes place firmly within capitalism, as a coterie of tech billionaires flex their fantasies for starfaring civilizations. Read more »

Dicks in a Box: The Enduring Fear of Penis-Snatching Witches

Castration anxiety is the unidentified main character in fantastical stories about penis-stealing witches. Read more »

A Softer Smokey: Fighting Fires Alongside Toxic Masculinity

Smokey is a symbol of the failure of our government to embrace progressive ideals and a more inclusive and open-minded ecological stance which would lead to more thoughtfully managed natural spaces. Read more »

What Do We Do with “Good Boys?”

“The internet really flattens a lot of conversations that require a lot of nuance.” Read more »

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"Moonlight" is an Essential Work of Art for the Current Political Moment

Moonlight displays the kind of empathy and humanity that we desperately need right now. Read more »

Ms. Opinionated: I'm a Man. How Can I Help the Feminist Movement?

Welcome to Ms. Opinionated, our weekly advice column dealing with questions of life, love, feminism, and pop culture. This week, a reader... Read more »