How to Get College Men to Stop Campus Rape

The re-trial of a former Vanderbilt University football player charged with a 2013 sexual assault began this week in Tennessee. The defense blamed alcohol, technology and the encouragement of male peers for his poor college-boy behavior. This trial gives us a perfect opportunity to talk about engaging men in ending sexual violence—especially since April is Sexual […]

The GOP’s Politics of Emasculation

With the presidential election now in full swing, the Ms. Blog is excited to bring you a series presented in conjunction with Presidential Gender Watch 2016, a project of the Barbara Lee Family Foundation and the Center for American Women and Politics. They’ll be tracking, analyzing and illuminating gender dynamics during election season—so check back with us regularly! In […]

President Obama’s Tears

And Obama wept. The New York Times, CNN, BBC and Al Jazeera’s coverage of the most powerful man in the world wiping away tears as he spoke about gun control in a press conference, with those who had been impacted standing behind, was a positive step in countering the popular belief that tears are a […]

The Politics of “Man Braids”

As September came to a close, an alarming number of media outlets—including Aol, PopSugar, College Candy, Kfor.com and more—were applauding the successor to the man bun: “man braids.” Long-haired gents across the country are relieving their top knots and letting their hair down to rock this trendy new ‘do, but what they might not realize […]

Mass Killings in the U.S.: Masculinity, Masculinity, Masculinity

This article was first published by The Huffington Post Schools in Philadelphia are currently on high alert because of a threat of violence made against “a university near Philadelphia.” The threat was posted on 4chan, an anonymous message board, on Friday, the day after a murder-suicide that left 10 people dead in yet another campus shooting. […]

Can Ryan Gosling Turn Men Into Feminists?

It looks like those yummy Ryan Gosling memes created by Danielle Henderson could have the power to do more than make feminists swoon. Recent preliminary research from graduate students at the University of Saskatchewan examined the impact of the Feminist Ryan Gosling memes on men—with interesting results. The researchers found that men who were exposed to the […]

Yes, Pharrell, You’re Allowed to Be a Feminist!

Back in May, Pharrell Williams was asked by Britain’s Channel 4 News if he considers himself a feminist. “I don’t think it’s possible for me to be that,” he said. “I’m a man. It makes sense up until a certain point. But what I do is—I do support feminists. I do think there’s injustices. There are […]

There’s So Much More to the Eminem and Lana Del Rey Story

Good old Eminem, a Sondheim in his own right, has once again pulled out his bag of misogynist tricks. In a video promoting a greatest-hits compilation, the erstwhile Marshall Mathers has this to say: Play nice? Bitch I’ll punch Lana Del Rey right in the face twice, like Ray Rice in broad daylight in the […]

Beyond HeForShe: What it Means to Live Your “Like”

It seems like everyone is still abuzz over Emma Watson’s United Nations speech on feminism and the HeForShe campaign, which, in today’s quick-paced digital age, is impressive. While many have excitedly praised Watson for the bravery of her speech, others are not head-over-heels and have taken HeForShe to task with legitimate and in-depth critiques. HeForShe says […]

Benevolent Sexism

Some men may want to break away from dominant styles of masculinity, but often their newfound ways of “performing” masculinity conceal ongoing gender inequalities. That was my takeaway from the panel on “Masculinities” that I attended at the American Sociological Association’s (ASA) 2014 Annual Meeting in San Francisco last month. The three papers delivered covered […]