‘Men and masculinity are in crisis.’ Oft heard since the 1960s, such alarmism is rising again in light of deepening political and economic instability in the US.
Shaming and debasing mainstream conservatives delights the alt-right. Cuckservative is their favored term of abuse for an Establishment conservative.
What is masculinity? How does it relate to men and the male body? Why are debates about masculinity in our culture so fiercely partisan and hyper-political?
Gender is very serious, often a matter of life and death. Masculinity emerges as one of the most powerful forces shaping the contemporary war on terror.
Renaissance masculinity was shaped by writers and artists like Machiavelli, Michelangelo, and Shakespeare.
Roman masculinity manifests in concepts like virtus, manliness or honor, derived from vir, the Latin word for man.
Greek masculinity manifests in concepts like thumos (spirit) and andreia (manly courage).
Modern European masculinity is forged through encounters with classical learning, global expansionism, industrialization, and non-European forces.
According to Anthony Easthope, the masculine myth functions through concealment and even deception.
An excerpt from my book Politics of the Phallus: Masculinity and Power in Classical Greek Thought. Warning ➤ Academic Writing
Shango takes many forms in indigenous West Africa and in the African diaspora, many of them highly masculinized.
Many think of Athens as the birthplace of Western democracy, but was it actually a phallocracy?
The Roman concept of virility stands distinct from humanity and is grounded on the male sex.
The spornosexual cultivates a body imitating sportsmen and pornstars. Are you spornosexual and not even know it?
Throughout Western history, bisexual and gay masculinities have emerged and thrived as alternatives.
The great Marshall Sahlins published Islands of History in 1985 exploring, among other thing, native warriors and their response to Captain Cook.