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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.

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 »

Monstrous Poetry: Kenji Liu Is Using Frankenstein as a Metaphor for Toxic Masculinity

It’s easy to write something that criticizes toxic masculinity, or our current president, or any number of things in the news about guys acting badly. Read more »

Prison Rape Is Not a Punch Line

How often have you heard someone chuckle about “dropping the soap”?  Read more »

Male Rape is No Joke—But Pop Culture Often Treats It That Way

From Wedding Crashers to 40 Days and 40 Nights, films often treat sexual assault of men as a punchline.  Read more »

The Misguided Pursuit of “Better” Manhood at American Fraternities

The dominant narrative around fraternities has long been one of peer pressure, blackout drinking, and cruel hazing rituals. So why are so many male students, especially white ones, as excited as ever to join them? Read more »

I Went to Yale: Elite Law Schools Are Breeding Grounds for Rape Culture

Every time Brett Kavanaugh used Yale to virtue-signal his goodness, somewhere, another student just like him looked at that and thought they too were safe from reproach. Read more »

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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 »

"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 »