toxic masculinity

Gillette Puts Its Money Where Its Mouth is in New Ad

Last week, shaving brand Gillette released what may already end up being one of the most controversial adverts of 2019. The message that’s caused so much uproar? ‘We know that men can do better.’ Scandalous. Bringing a new and more powerful meaning to their thirty-year-old tagline “The Best a Man …

Razors, Racism, and Re-Negotiation | A Week in Review

Welcome to A Week in Review, a weekly feature where we give you a quick rundown on what’s been going on in the world of politics, activism, and feminism. Because why read the news when you can read a highly condensed summary that essentially tells you the same thing? Every …

Toxic Masculinity and the Beautiful Game

Trigger Warning: Domestic violence and toxic masculinity. — As the Men’s Football World Cup final approaches, I urge you to cast your mind back to two years ago in the Men’s Football Euro Cup final: to one of the biggest names in football — Cristiano Ronaldo — who took a …

Nature or Nurture? The ‘Science’ Behind Man Flu

This week, Dr Kyle Sue published a feature in the BMJ about ‘man flu’, showing some of the science behind the phenomenon. Of course, the media took hold of it and gave it a very simplified angle, and then Twitter reduced it down even more to ‘feminism vs men’s rights’ (why …

‘Manning Up’ is Endangering Men

Trigger Warning: Frank Discussion of Mental Health. About 10 years ago I had a breakdown. A culmination of unfortunate events slowly ebbed away at my mental state for a while. The two people who I regarded my best friends betrayed me. I lost the place I lived and ended up …

Is Feminism for Men?

Controversy was everywhere when Emma Watson launched her He for She campaign, and that controversy has never really gone away. Essentially, the debate boiled down to this: Should feminism be marketed towards men? After all, hasn’t every freedom women have ever had to fight for been blocked by male misogynists? …

Book Review: The Descent of Man by Grayson Perry

Once in a while we encounter an idea that changes everything in our world. And sometimes, all we need to do is open our eyes and read. The renowned linguist and political commentator/critic, Noam Chomsky, wrote in 1985: “We live entangled in webs of endless deceit, often self-deceit, but with …

Why Are 19,000 More Young People Using Anabolic Steroids in the UK?

TW: this article discusses drug misuse, mental health issues and eating disorders In a recently released report from the Office of National Statistics (ONS), it was revealed that the number of young people in the UK using anabolic steroids has significantly increased, and that there are four times as many …

What Toxic Masculinity Is, and What it Isn’t

Trigger Warning: Mentions of toxic masculinity including suicide, homophobia, assault, misogyny and murder. And Piers Morgan. — You may be familiar with the gender binary. It looks a little like this. Feminine Masculine Child rearing Breadwinner Cooking Sports Sexually cautious Sex mad Romantic comedy lover Horror lover Make-up Work out …