This week so far has been all about the men. For once. So I thought I’d share some links to recent articles that examine men and masculinity, not only through the judgemental lens of feminism.

I was delighted to see my favourite writer on men had an article in this week’s Guardian (UK newspaper). He put forward an admirable defence of metrosexual men . The comments below the line, though often quite critical of his ideas, are a good read. And they show to me how a discussion about masculinity is much better quality when it is inspired by a piece of writing by someone who knows what he is talking about (and doesn’t hate men)!

I was also pleased to see the great blog The Spanish Intermission feature a critique of Mark Simpson’s Graun article. Note how he describes me as a ‘pedantic anti-feminist battleship’! I am glad somebody has acknowledged my role in spreading the word about metrosexuality in general, and Simpson’s theories in particular.

Another story that caught my eye this week related to a TV documentary about homosexual men in football. There are still no ‘out’ gay players in British professional football and the reasons for this are complex. Again this is an example of how a sensitive and knowledgeable piece of writing about men and masculinity leads to some intelligent comments BTL.

Then there was the Uni Lads fiasco. A British ‘student’ website sent ripples through the feminist blogosphere when it published some very horrible articles making jokes about rape, disability and men’s sex lives. Of course, the feminasties only focused on the rape jokes. The site took down all its recent content, including some adverts for t-shirts with ‘pro-rape’ slogans on.

But in amongst all the howling and wailing, I noticed a very well argued piece (not about the Uni Lads thing just coincidentally) that criticised the concept of rape culture. It referenced my piece from the Good Men Project on the subject.

All in all, a pretty good week for teh menz!

Comments
  1. Jonathan says:

    Quickly:

    “pedantic anti-feminist battleship” —😆

    CFA — yes, a very good piece.

    Uni Lads — “I fear that they will shy away from paedophilia jokes”. Is she kidding? There are lots of jokes about paedophiles. Family Guy has a paedophile character ffs.

  2. impeus says:

    Do you think this observation:
    “And they show to me how a discussion about masculinity is much better quality when it is inspired by a piece of writing by someone who knows what he is talking about (and doesn’t hate men)!”
    could be construed as in agreement with those claiming that writers perceived as female [sometimes] receive nastier comments online?

  3. elissa says:

    You’re quite right – that Guardian article has a lot of criticism in the comment section. I think you will find that heightened criticism will track the economic cycle, as hyper consumerism falls in and out of favor alongside.

    If there is to be a backlash of sorts, it will be driven more by distaste for conspicuous consumption than from being too gay or feminine. Progress I suppose…

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