The Story of My Man-Boobs

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by Matt Cornell at Sociological Images Of the many nicknames I’ve acquired over the years, there’s one I’m reminded of today. The name was given to me by a bully shortly after I entered the sixth grade. I had been a fat kid since elementary school, but as puberty began to kick in, parts of me started growing differently than … [Read more...]

The Sandy Hook Tragedy: Masculinity and the Expectation of Violence

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By Ashley-Michelle Papon On December 14, 2012, Sandy Hook Elementary became a household name. In a flurry of gunfire, 20-year-old Adam Lanza reignited the politically charged debates over the factors that inevitably perpetuate the cycle of violence. As the media reported a growing death toll, everyday citizens took to their … [Read more...]

Boys and Sex: Why Are They Waiting Longer For Their First Time?

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By Therese Shechter “The proportion of all American adolescents in their mid-teens claiming sexual experience has decreased, and for boys the decline has been especially steep,” writes Amy Schalet in her excellent New York Times article about boys becoming sexually active later than expected. It’s a timely conversation about … [Read more...]

The “Mi Pobre Hijo” Syndrome

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By Latina Fatale As feminists we often hear about patriarchy, sexism, and how women have been oppressed by men. We talk less about how women also perpetuate patriarchy by reinforcing sexism and stereotypical notions about gender roles. Even women who have managed to raise strong, independent daughters may be guilty of having … [Read more...]

Why Moms of Boys Need to Care About the Body Image of Girls

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By Dara Chadwick Originally posted on Psychology Today; cross-posted with permission Today's girls are likely the future partners of our sons. If you're a regular reader of this [Psychology Today] blog, you know that I write often about mothers, daughters and body image. I get many questions from moms of girls - the most … [Read more...]

Deconstructing Kanye’s “Monster”

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By Pia Guerrero, Founder and Co-Editor Last week we posted a petition calling to stop the official release of Kanye West’s “Monster” video for its eroticized depictions of death and extreme violence against women.  Since then news of the video and our petition to MTV and Universal Music has gained momentum causing bloggers and … [Read more...]

Adios, Superman?

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By Crystal Smith Chris Godsey, author of the article “Men & Body Image,” notes that body image is no longer an exclusive female problem. Believing that we can fix body image issues he asks, “Where do we start?” In answer to his question, I say we begin by looking at the toys and media images that surround our young … [Read more...]

Ads Featuring “Average Joes” Just as Effective

Study finds that male consumers respond equally to ads featuring everyday guys OR male models. Photograph by: Photos.com, canada.com

A recent study in the Body Image journal reports that advertisements that feature everyday males are just as effective as those with super buff male model types. In fact, given the choice between the latter and no model at all, study participants chose no model. The ads were evaluated by both men and women, with consistent results … [Read more...]

Deprivation and Dehydration Standard for Male Models

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"You, too, can't have a body like this" by Peta Bee at The Times Online Daniel Martin regularly puts his body through hell. For days at a time he restricts fluid intake so severely that the resulting dehydration causes headaches, haziness and overwhelming fatigue. Having trained for weeks like an Olympian with high-intensity … [Read more...]

Dove: Redefining Male Beauty

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By Sharon Haywood Is male beauty found in ripped abs and bulging biceps? Is a man deemed attractive by the car he drives? Or by how much money he earns? If you look at commercials geared toward men as an indicator, you would have to deduce that square jawlines, snazzy sport cars, and a thick wallet equate with masculine … [Read more...]