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It’s no secret that the western culture of masculinity puts pressure on guys to be over-the-top macho—an attitude which manifests itself in many ways, including cat-calling and a whole bunch of other unpleasant stuff.  Just think about the show Man vs. Food.  The name says it all: Adam Richman, the star, doesn’t just have to eat every meal, he has to conquer  it.  Masculine culture dictates that these guys are “real ... Read More
A new social media platform is taking over this town, and her name is Pinterest. In the past 6 months alone there have been 15 billion pins on Pinterest. The site is responsible for driving more internet traffic to publishers than Twitter, LinkedIn, Reddit, and Google + combined. Despite, all of the new hype surrounding the site- it is still not taken very seriously. Hmmm, could this have something to do with the fact that over 70% of all Pinterest ... Read More
5.57 inches. Yup, that's it - the average size of the male prize (erect, btw to satisfy the quick defense of "growers"). The data comes from a study that does not mince words, titled “Erect Penile Length and Circumference Dimensions of 1,661 Sexually Active Men in the United States,” which was conducted in order to cut the shit around cultural myths and number inflation, and get men to correctly measure their junk and not lie about ... Read More
  In her own words, the model Erika Linder has “too much imagination to just be one gender;” through the slightest shifts in styling, dress, and emotive expression, she can seamlessly transition from “masculine” to “feminine” constructed beauty ideals. Her sultry and commanding stare remind us of the vast potential of gender expression as a means of self-actualization and individual evolution.    And the fashion ... Read More
This may seem an unlikely forum in which to examine manhood as something to aim for, but let’s remember that every man on the planet owes his existence to a woman. Recently, the only dude I’ve ever given birth to turned 13. To celebrate his Not Mitzvah, I invited various adults in his orbit to contribute to a homemade instructional book, titled Be A Man! Flip through it, and you’ll see input from various friends regarding male qualities they find most ... Read More
  The photographer Lijun Liao is dating a man five years her junior, creating a personal dynamic she once thought impossible. Speaking of her girlhood in China, the artist explains, “I used to think I could only love someone who is older and more mature than me, who can be my protector and mentor.” She still faces opposition for the age discrepancy, and her male friends often compare her role in the heterosexual relationship to that of a man. Fed ... Read More
Have you ever noticed how, in classic portrait photography, people of different genders are shot differently? A quick google image search of mainstream women’s magazine titles will reveal cover girls, mostly shot from above, looking down coyly. Do the same for a popular men’s magazine, and come up with images of men shot from below and looking at the world straight ahead. Part of what I love about BUST’s photographers is that they subvert this ... Read More
  2011 brought us Miss Representation, one of the most influential documentaries on women and the media ever made.  Across the world, feminist resource centers, colleges, universities, and countless individuals have screened the film. If you haven't seen it yet, check it out. We only have great things to say about Jennifer Siebel Newsom's work. And now she's bringing us something new. At Miss Representation screenings, many people asked Jennifer about ... Read More
The Good Men Project just released a list of "9 Things Men Can Do to Change Themselves and the World." We're into The Good Men Project's attempts to shift the discussion on modern masculinity, but we can't quite figure out our thoughts on this list. Check it out below: 1. Listen to and love women: Stop referring to women who are clear, focused and direct as bitches, ball busters and cunts. Get your mitts on some bell hooks, Audre Lorde and any ... Read More
Julia Serano spoke about the deeply-rooted assumptions about feminism, as well as femininity and masculinity, that result in transphobia. Concordia's Women's Studies Student Association brought the writer, activist, biologist, and spoken-word performer to Concordia with the intention of reaching out to Concordia's queer community. Serano addressed several issues surrounding transphobia that can be ameliorated with feminist discourse.One of the first problems ... Read More
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