February 3, 2014
Men, Manliness, and Being Naked Around Other Men

A culture that tells people to “man up” when it comes to nudity invites strange problems.
Read more. [Image: AMagill/Flickr]

Men, Manliness, and Being Naked Around Other Men

A culture that tells people to “man up” when it comes to nudity invites strange problems.

Read more. [Image: AMagill/Flickr]

2:55pm
  
Filed under: Health Masculinity Culture 
October 25, 2013
A Hairy Chest Makes a Man

Humans veered toward bare skin when the cost-benefit analysis favored having “fewer parasites” over a “warming, furry coat.” But does it make me seem less virile?
Read more. [Image: AP]

A Hairy Chest Makes a Man

Humans veered toward bare skin when the cost-benefit analysis favored having “fewer parasites” over a “warming, furry coat.” But does it make me seem less virile?

Read more. [Image: AP]

October 17, 2013
Hunks: How Ripped Became an Ideal

Not all purveyors of art think the male form gets enough attention. Exhibitions like Sascha Schneider’s show at the Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art have highlighted the importance of the male nude and its relationship to history; but others, including the recent “Masculine/Masculine” retrospective at the Musée d’Orsay, have prompted the question: “Why had there never been an exhibition dedicated the male nude until … last year?” The answer: Unlike female bodies, which are supposedly mysterious and full of secrets, male bodies are boring—or at least they’re presented that way. A new book, Universal Hunks: A Pictoral History of Muscular Men Around the World, 1895-1975, provides a little more perspective.
Read more. [Image: David L. Chapman/Arsenal Pulp Press]

Hunks: How Ripped Became an Ideal

Not all purveyors of art think the male form gets enough attention. Exhibitions like Sascha Schneider’s show at the Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art have highlighted the importance of the male nude and its relationship to history; but others, including the recent “Masculine/Masculine” retrospective at the Musée d’Orsay, have prompted the question: “Why had there never been an exhibition dedicated the male nude until … last year?” The answer: Unlike female bodies, which are supposedly mysterious and full of secrets, male bodies are boring—or at least they’re presented that way. A new book, Universal Hunks: A Pictoral History of Muscular Men Around the World, 1895-1975, provides a little more perspective.

Read more. [Image: David L. Chapman/Arsenal Pulp Press]

August 9, 2013
The Strange Sexual Quirk of Filipino Seafarers

How the pressures of the shipping industry have shaped everything about this maritime culture. Right down to their penile implants.
Read more. [Image: Wikimedia Commons]

The Strange Sexual Quirk of Filipino Seafarers

How the pressures of the shipping industry have shaped everything about this maritime culture. Right down to their penile implants.

Read more. [Image: Wikimedia Commons]

December 5, 2012
Growing a Beard, Getting a Mortgage: When Do Men Become Grown-Ups?

Six years ago, I grew a beard, mostly because, clean-shaven, I looked like I was still 17 years old. I invested in some good shirts and stylish blazers—not office-drone garb, but clothes I felt comfortable in. And, of course, I got married and had kids and bought an apartment. Inside, I felt no different from before—small, nervous, new to everything—but apparently I was. Or, quite possibly, the world was different, not in its essence but in how it viewed me. My own children, for example, will never see me as anything but a grown-up, and as they age, the kids of her generation will see me that way, too. One day, my daughters may look at me as I looked at my own father, and think: How am I ever going to become that?

Read more. [Image: Walt Disney]

Growing a Beard, Getting a Mortgage: When Do Men Become Grown-Ups?

Six years ago, I grew a beard, mostly because, clean-shaven, I looked like I was still 17 years old. I invested in some good shirts and stylish blazers—not office-drone garb, but clothes I felt comfortable in. And, of course, I got married and had kids and bought an apartment. Inside, I felt no different from before—small, nervous, new to everything—but apparently I was. Or, quite possibly, the world was different, not in its essence but in how it viewed me. My own children, for example, will never see me as anything but a grown-up, and as they age, the kids of her generation will see me that way, too. One day, my daughters may look at me as I looked at my own father, and think: How am I ever going to become that?

Read more. [Image: Walt Disney]

12:21pm
  
Filed under: Masculinity Gender Sexuality 
November 26, 2012
"In the end, we don’t just hate women. We hate ourselves. There’s a lot of juice in confronting not women, not the object, but the subject; in honing in on that part of our makeup which seems bent on our humiliation."

Ta-Nehisi Coates on misogyny and masculinity in film.

3:40pm
  
Filed under: Art Film Masculinity Power Sex misogeny 
November 9, 2012

Obama Shows, Once Again, That Crying Is for Winners

[…] Obama’s weeping episodes happened first when he was reflecting on his remarkable rise from junior Illinois senator to president of the United States, and then when he was celebrating winning his second term. His tears, then, seemed to be a positive display of humanity and humility in the face of success, rather then an admission of weakness.

The idea that male crying is acceptable in a time of strength but repellent in a moment of weakness holds for men besides Obama and in realms other than the political.

[Video: barackobama.com]

November 2, 2012
Toward a Working Definition of ‘Bro’

The word “bro” has been around for a while now. Yet despite its longevity, there is no universally accepted definition the term. Are bros chill guys who just wanna have fun, or obnoxious dudes who can’t string a sentence together? Must they play lacrosse? Is membership in a fraternity required to be considered a bro?
This week, two residents of Washington, D.C. (possibly these guys?) offered their attempt to define the term. 

Read more. [Image: HBO]

Toward a Working Definition of ‘Bro’

The word “bro” has been around for a while now. Yet despite its longevity, there is no universally accepted definition the term. Are bros chill guys who just wanna have fun, or obnoxious dudes who can’t string a sentence together? Must they play lacrosse? Is membership in a fraternity required to be considered a bro?

This week, two residents of Washington, D.C. (possibly these guys?) offered their attempt to define the term. 

Read more. [Image: HBO]

August 29, 2012

theatlanticvideo:

How Vimeo Built the Interactive Old Spice ‘Muscle Music’ Video That’s Crushing the Internet

With over 1.5 million viewsWieden and Kennedy’s latest video for Old Spice is a smashing success — and it’s only a day old. It’s easy to see why; former NFL player and action movie star Terry Crews is literally playing cacophonous “music” with his bulging muscles, yelling entertaining non sequiturs like “GIMME A HAT!” and “SAUSAGES!” The spot fits the vibe of Wieden’s game-changing 2010 campaign for Old Spice, which generated dozens of hilarious YouTube videos in real time, winning the Internet’s heart for a day and making every other creative agency super jealous.

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