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 »

Girls, Girls, Girls: Recap of Episode Six, “Boys”

Last week’s weirdly controversial Girls episode “One Man’s Trash”, was defined by melancholy. This week’s episode, “Boys”, articulates that melancholy in a precise way with a... 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 »

WTF Files: New York Times Wonders, "Are Modern Men Manly Enough?"

The headline alone is enough to bring on an eye-roll headache: “Are Modern Men Manly Enough?” And the head-desk-inducing subheaders will only make it worse: “... Read more »

Thinking Kink: The Appeal of the Submissive Male

Other men may condemn them, but how do women feel about men who want to be dominated? Today I’m thinking again about masculinity and how it’s dealt with in media representations of kink, and pondering why a submissive man might appeal to some people… Read more »

The Rebel Warrior and the Boy with the Bread: Gale, Peeta, and Masculinity in the Hunger Games

Just as Gale and Peeta give Katniss two very different boyfriend options, they give us as readers two very different ideas of what it means to be a man in Panem. See what I mean about the two totally different masculinities happening here? Read more »

Double Rainbow: Autism and Masculinity

I’ve touched upon the construction of autistic masculinity and the construction of autism as inherently masculine a few times already in this series. In this post, I’d like to take a little bit of a closer look at the relationship between autism and masculinity. Read more »

Isn't He Lovely: Farewell and Further Reading

Alas, it’s time for the “Isn’t He Lovely” guest blogging series to come to an end, and I hope you’ve enjoyed the past eight weeks as much as I have. Read more »

Isn't He Lovely: The Trouble with "Machismo"

Earlier this year, the Los Angeles Times reported on the hottest new marketing demographic for the personal care industry: Latino men. Considering that Hispanics are the fastest-growing ethnic... 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 »

"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 »