Category Archives: Masculinity

My Little Pony Update

An update on my last post about the boy in Buncombe County, NC who was told not to bring his My Little Pony lunch bag to school because it was a “trigger for bullying:” The Huffington Post reports that the … Continue reading

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Fury. And hope.

Here in North Carolina, Buncombe County Schools are getting some unwanted attention. When 9 year-old Grayson Bruce brought a My Little Pony lunch bag to school (featuring Rainbow Dash) he got shoved around and harassed by other kids. The school … Continue reading

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Blast from the Past

Since I mentioned in my last post how news coverage of gender expression has changed recently, I just had to share this “blast from the past” that my father found going through old papers yesterday. It’s good to remember that … Continue reading

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2012 – Thank you, and Year in Review

2012 sure was an eventful year for my little blog! A highlight of course was being quoted in the New York Times Magazine this August (What’s So Bad about a Boy Who Wants To Wear a Dress? ). August 8, the day after that story … Continue reading

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Aisle . . . sigh, every aisle

So I went to Barnes and Noble today . . .           The store was chock full of more gender-separated books like those I saw at the grocery store last week. For inquiring minds, girls search … Continue reading

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Men in skirts

New Buzzfeed article (translated from German) about a dad who wears skirts in solidarity with his five year-old son.                 My favorite line is a toss up between: “You only don’t dare to … Continue reading

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“Marriage” sermon suggests squashing girlishness “like a cockroach”

Pastor Sean Harris, Berean Baptist Church, Fayetteville, NC (517 Glensford Drive  Fayetteville, NC 28314, (910) 868-5156) “Marriage Sunday” sermon – April 29, 2012 (full audio here) Can I make it any clearer? Dads, the second you see your son dropping the … Continue reading

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My Little Brony

If you haven’t heard of bronies, you’re behind the times! Check out these recent stories on the male My Little Pony fan base: http://www.king5.com/entertainment/My-Little-Brony-meetup-135880593.html http://www.dailymail.com/Entertainment/201204120260 http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/dc-bronies-feel-the-love-and-friendship-of-my-little-pony/2012/04/06/gIQAajwc0S_story.html http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HAkg5E0T5UM http://lightandsteel.wordpress.com/2012/02/24/my-little-brony/

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Mani-pedis and Male polish

The saving grace of capitalism is that perceived immorality goes out the window when the potential customer demographic gets large enough. That’s how we got bilingual milk ads (featuring Salma Hayek and Sofia Vergara), and why Time Warner Cable has … Continue reading

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Manly Scrapbooking

Somehow the hobby of scrapbooking didn’t occur to me as a prime place to examine social constructions of masculinity. I don’t even remember how I stumbled upon this topic, but it makes sense — it’s a traditionally female-dominated practice (largely … Continue reading

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