masculinity

  • What’s keeping men from engaging in gender equality?

    Every day, we fight a war against gender inequality. We fight systems that oppress people for being who they are. This means, being killed because of your sexual orientation, as in Chechnya or being unable to use the bathroom of your choice as it is the case in North...
  • Why men?

    “I have had to interrogate masculinity, which I think doesn’t happen enough. The toxic privileges that come with being a man don’t define me, but I have to be accountable for how it shows up in my life every day.” -Tiq Milan March 1st marks the 10th annual White...
  • Questioning white masculinity in the U.S.

    Examining what it means to be a white man is not typically what comes to mind when thinking about how race and gender shape individuals and society. However, with white men making a significant difference in the US presidential election and with increased awareness of police shootings of black...
  • Boys will be boys?

    Donald Trump’s blatant misogyny has been catalyzing a shift in how we accept or reject perceptions of masculinity. This is especially evident since the release of the now infamous 2005 Access Hollywood tape in which Trump brags about sexually assaulting women to TV personality Billy Bush. This tape may...
  • The new normal

    Masculinity is achieved through gender violence. Certain forms of ‘manliness’ are predicated on men’s violent use of power over women and against those men perceived as weak or ‘unmanly’. This assertion of “manhood”…is perceived as normal or natural…The hierarchies that exist between men require violence to be maintained and...
  • A Letter to Non-fathers on Father’s Day

    Did you know that 80% of the men worldwide will fathered in their life time? Fatherhood is one of the few common denominators that we share as men, regardless of our race, religion, sexual orientation, geographic location or class. Without a doubt, becoming a dad constitutes one of the...
  • New Year, New Masculinity (2016)

    Resolutions, dreams, goals. After the debauchery brought by the holiday season, January offers us a new opportunity to define what are the things we want to aim for in this 2016. For some, it would be to pick up an instrument, perhaps to travel or leave behind bad habits....
  • Jump Like a Woman

    It is a cold winter night in the Northeast of the US. In spite of the weather, my love for fútbol (soccer, futebol, fußball) is stronger than the wind chill. I get my cleats ready to hit the tuft while I fix my hat to keep my body warm....
  • New Year, New Masculinity

    Since I was 16 years old, every 31st of December, I devote part of the day to reflect on the goals for the coming year. This is a thoughtful exercise that requires reflecting on setting expectations and priorities for the following 12 months. I include in this list concrete goals...