masculinity

RIP, Roger the Kangaroo, the Impossible Masculine Ideal

The animals we turn into memes are, of course, “just animals.” But they’re also human — anthropomorphized to accentuate that lifeblood of meme culture, relatability….

What It’s Like to Have Acne Well Into Manhood

Andrew, a 29-year-old living in New York, avoids reflective surfaces when out in public. “It’s not that I hate myself,” he tells me. “It’s just…

Fellas, It’s Not Gay to Compliment Other Men

Find any online comment to the effect that “men are trash,” and you’re bound to see a bunch of angry replies from men: “Actually, we’re…

Everything That Makes You ‘Not a Real Man,’ According to… ‘Real Men,’ We Guess?

The pursuit of true manliness — whatever the hell that might be — is a bewildering and haphazard expedition. Gender stereotypes are both social constructs…