Posts tagged Masculinity
Crafting a Healthy Masculinity (Part 3): On Jeffrey Epstein, Incels, and the Quest for Status

A man like Jeffrey Epstein satisfies his desires flagrantly and nauseatingly because he believes his status protects him from repercussion. A man like Elliott Rodger commits a mass murder because he feels he has been shamed. The cause common to the two incidents is status, and a lack of concern for women and their autonomy and safety is just the vector, not the cause.

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Crafting a Healthy Masculinity: Part 1

Much has been written about toxic masculinity, much of it by much better scholars than me. What I would like to do in this piece, and subsequent pieces under similar headings, is analyze non-toxic manifestations of masculinity, discuss their functioning, and – as much as possible, without oversimplifying – present guidelines so that we can follow them in the future. There are, of course, pitfalls here and I want to acknowledge them at the beginning: just about everything we do has unintended consequences, and the suggestions that I make here will no doubt be liable to have them, too. Moreover, any behavior can be twisted into a toxic manifestation: you have to have the self-awareness to try to recognize that when it happens, and to accept the criticism when it comes up.

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