Why ‘Manchester by the Sea’ Gets Male Grief Wrong

The new film Manchester by the Sea is this year’s critical darling. Written and directed by Kenneth Lonergan (You Can Count on Me, Margaret) the film is, according to critics , “an achingly graceful, heartfelt, working-class story about loss, grief, and family obligations” as well as “a deeply affecting chamber piece that features an outstanding … Continued

Entertainment, Movies

Failure to Launch: Young Men and Video Games

You don’t have to slip on a virtual reality headset to know that video and computer games have taken huge leaps forward in both sophistication and immersive experience. Whether you want to kill the aliens that have overrun your space station, jump into a particularly challenging WWII battle, make the game-winning goal on the soccer … Continued

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A Brief History of Bro Culture

What is a “bro,” exactly? The word is everywhere. It seems as though people have started tacking “bro” onto other words almost at random. You have frat bros, lax bros, and sailor bros, obviously. There’s also chill bros, fencing bros, beach bros, surfer bros, poker bros, yoga bros, tweed bros, Brooklyn bros, biker bros, hiker … Continued

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CoverBoy: James Charles Dickinson is Not a Girl

James Charles Dickinson is not a girl. The seventeen-year-old high school student and makeup expert from Bethlehem, N.Y., has just been named a model for cosmetics giant CoverGirl. Dickinson (who also goes by James Charles) has nearly 600,000 followers on Instagram and more than 80,000 subscribers to his YouTube channel. After premiering in CoverGirl’s “So … Continued

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Do Men Need Safe Spaces?

Imagine the howls of social justice outrage if a major university’s Men’s Studies Department (if that were even a thing) created a program for women to re-examine and deconstruct their toxic femininity, or if a White Studies Department (bear with me here) launched a program for blacks to rethink and dismantle their toxic blackness, or … Continued

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Stop Guilt-Tripping Boys About Their ‘Toxic Masculinity’

Last week a proud feminist single mom posted a piece in The Washington Post in which she shamed her sixteen- and eighteen-year-old sons for not taking a more proactive stand to combat rape and misogyny. For anyone who needs a guide on How Not to Turn Your Children Into the Social Justice Warriors You Desperately … Continued

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The Crisis of America’s Nonworking Men

Based on the official unemployment rate—which held steady at 4.9 percent last month—America’s labor market has fully recovered from the Great Recession. Indeed, many prominent economists, including Federal Reserve officials, believe we have reached  “maximum” employment or something very close to it. Based on another indicator, however, America’s labor market remains stuck in a long-term … Continued

Politics

Are Men Becoming the Weaker Sex?

My dad was pretty proud when he sent a mass email to all my siblings about a recent study that shows that Millennial men today are physically weaker than their dads. While I don’t know if this study pertains to my three athletic brothers (one of which is a nationally ranked junior racquetball player), it … Continued

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