masculinity

The Violence Behind the Words “Be A Man”

To change our violent culture, we need to redefine masculinity.  Read more »

New Documentary "The Mask You Live In" Dissects Modern Masculinity

You don’t get more traditionally masculine than Joe Ehrmann. 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 writes in with one of... Read more »

Joseph Gordon-Levitt's Porn Addiction Flick "Don Jon" Challenges Gender Roles

Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars in his directorial debut, Don Jon, which centers on the life of a “porn addict” Jersey guido named Jon Martello.Though plenty of people will likely flock to a film that centers on two sexy stars and a porn addiction... Read more »

New Film "Some Girl(s)" Focuses on the Self-Obsessed Nice Guy

Some Girl(s) is a movie about a “nice guy” who has trouble seeing beyond himself. Though the film revolves around the desires of the central guy, named Man (played by Adam Brody), the moments of... Read more »

A Feminist Perspective on American Rodeo

Women and horses have a complicated relationship: Women both identify with horses emotionally—connecting with the freedom they represent—and gain power from their ability to control them. One compelling example of this paradoxical relationship in women’s involvement in Wild West shows and... Read more »

In Classic Western Films, Cowboys Wander While Women Stay at Home

The classic image of a cowboy is a wandering man. Symbolically, the American Cowboy has come to represent large, abstract values: freedom, honesty, bravery. In these stories, cowboys meander and conquer the open range alone with their trusty steeds. But how do women fit into these pervasive stories... Read more »

Exploring Gender in Cowgirl Narratives

Cowgirl narratives—films, shows, and books featuring women and horses—often show women who are at home in their bodies, connected with nature, and many times, disrupting traditional gender roles. As cowgirls, women are shown in acts of blissful physicality. They follow their dreams. They are... Read more »

On Our Radar: Election Day, Masculinity, and Margaret Cho

Phew, we can all relax a little now that Election Day is over.  GOBAMA!!  In case you missed out on your internet browsing during the fury of all that was November 6th, here’s a round-up on what we’ve been reading: Sure, there’s always room for more progress, but let... Read more »

Read This: The Myth of the Male Decline

“Contrary to the fears of some pundits, the ascent of women does not portend the end of men. It offers a new beginning for both.” So argues Stephanie Coontz in the New York Times most emailed article (as of this morning), “... 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 »