masculinity

No Girls Allowed: The Fragility of Gaming Culture

As the Internet began to grow and accelerate through the ’90s and early 2000s, gamers began congregating in online spaces and solidifying the rules of their subculture…Many of those rules—fueled by any number of extant factors, such as sexual intimidation and social ostracization—could be... Read more »

Cooking with Queen Sugar, A Dish to Be Savored: Season One Takes on Slavery, Colonialism, and Empire

Queen Sugar explores the ways that capitalism has depended and still depends on exploited labor, building connections between the enslavement of African Americans, to Latino guest workers, to sex workers, and sex tourism. Read more »

Shedding (Moon)Light on Toxic Masculinity: The Problem is Homophobia, not Gay Characters

Gay Black men are not a problem. Toxic masculinity, however, is. And the twisted view of manhood festering in some traditionalist corners is damaging to all Black men—as well as to women and girls. Read more »

How to Raise a Boy in 1979: Navigating love, gender, and punk music in “20th Century Women”

Unlike Mills’s other boy-meets-girl, girl-somehow-saves-boy plots, the women are the backbone of this film.  Read more »

Does the "Collateral Beauty" of Fatherhood Come at the Expense of Mothers?

Complex representations of fatherhood shouldn’t require the erasure of moms. 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 »

Music for Every Woman Who's Had to Fight: A New Video from Australian Artist Magnets

Using entirely found footage, Melbourne artist Magnets created a powerful, vengeful video dedicated “to all women that have had to fight.”  Read more »

Appetite for Destruction: "Werewolf" Tackles Addiction and Toxic Masculinity

In her debut full-length film, Ashley McKenzie crafts a quietly devastating story of addiction, recovery, and relapse that portrays its subjects with both compassion and blunt honesty. Read more »

How "Fargo" Captures the Sad Realities of Toxic Masculinity

In an era of #MasculinitySoFragile, the 20-year-old film's portrayal of repressed feelings still resonates.  Read more »

Turning the Tables: An Interview with author and scholar Tricia Rose

The Hip Hop Wars author Tricia Rose discusses corporate music, hypermasculinity, and scratching out misogyny in music.   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 »