men, masculinities and gender politics



Critical Responses to Emma Watson speech to the UN

My colleague Kenton Bell compiled these two useful lists, one on 'Critical Responses to Emma Watson speech to the UN' and the other on 'Additional pop-cultural readings asking and answering the question: Can Men be Feminists?'.

Critical Responses to Emma Watson speech to the UN.
• “The Most Important Words in Emma Watson's Speech Were About Masculinity” by Nicki Cole
• “Emma Watson Speech Hardly a Game-changer” by Clementine Ford

At last: An online resource discusses frankly the effects of pornography on young people

Anyone who works with young people and is looking for a resource to tackle the vexed question of pornography and its often negative effects would find the ‘It’s time we talked’ website extremely useful.

“Feminists just need to be ‘nicer.’” Oh yeah? I call “Bullshit!”

I keep hearing the same assertion:

More men would support feminism if only...

Designing “Mr. Right.” (On creating the man you’d want your wife to marry.)



(This post is about men who are in heterosexual relationships.  While much of what I discuss here would no doubt also apply to relationships between people of any genders, as a straight guy I only feel qualified to comment on men’s role in romantic relationships that occur between men and women.)

Who is the greatest person in human history? Wrong! It’s his mother!


Some thoughts on mothers and Mother's Day...

Quick!  Name the greatest person in human history! 


Why do men play where women die? (Thoughts on recreational travel in misogynist regions.)

This spring there was a lot of press coverage of two high-profile assaults on female travelers who were brutalized at the hands of local men in the countries they were visiting.

In praise of sluts, whores, and other promiscuous women.

Okay, first, let’s get one thing settled:  just how much sex someone else is having is none of my damn business.  And in an ideal world, no one else would make it their business, either.  But this is not (yet) an ideal world.  This is a world where women who are sexually active -- or who are merely thought to be sexually active -- are still often harshly attacked, viciously criticized, demeaned, diminished, loathed.