Leader of the Pack: On Jordan Peterson's Fanbase
American Psycho, American Masculinity
The majority of Peterson’s followers are young men. And yet, his best-selling self-help book is titled 12 Rules for Life and not 12 Rules for White Dudes, so what is it that makes Peterson so attractive to this demographic?
by Kaleigh Weickert
Chick Flicks and Their Dick Politics
Are you a man because of what you do? Are you a man because of how you think? Or are you a man because of your body? Possibly one of the most scary aspects of the movie American Psycho is its ability to reveal to us the dark underbelly of American masculinity.
by Alexandra Guye
Black Don't Crack
How does the "Nicholas Sparks Man" compare to the "neomasculine man?" What might such a comparative analysis reveal about the consequences of male representation in chick flicks?
by Renée Proctor
Man, Woman, or Frost Giant? Gender and Hyper-Masculinity in Marvel's Thor
“Success is one thing, Impact is another.”
Does Trump’s win equal a win for the Alt-Right? The movie Black Panther answers with an emphatic and resounding “no.”
by Tyler Wilson
How to Build a Lovable Bigot
What does the logic of gender in the movie Thor tell us about ideas about masculinity that we seem to have quietly accepted?
by Laurence Audesse-Keenan
We’ve Seen Stranger Things Than Stranger Things
All in the Family celebrates a cultural stock-character: the lovable bigot. Last Man Standing marks the death of the lovable bigot. Is this the result of historical or social change? Will the lovable bigot ever return to television? Should he be allowed to return?
by Erin MacKinnon
Bringing Light to the Shadows: The Release and Reception of Marvel’s Black Panther
The strange thing about Stranger Things is that it tries to make us forget that hyper-masculinity and its crisis did not end in the 80s—it is still an ongoing problem.
by Alejandra Torres
Fess Up: You're Not a Nice Guy
It’s a new superhero hero movie that takes the fight to the Alt-Right. While Black Panther may not win the race to redefine agency, futurism, and power dynamics, it takes an important step in the right direction for black (cultural) politics.
by Shane Connell
White Men's Fear of Women: Anti-Feminism and the Rise of the Alt-Right
The angry “nice guy” is an increasingly prevalent social and cultural presence as courtship turns virtual. So what’s the deal with these Jekyll and Hyde characters? Looking to the platform that discusses them the most – Reddit – one can begin to see the dynamics of entitlement and masculinity at play that fuel a very specific and rather strange kind of rage.
by Nadine Pineau Pothier
A movement aimed at trolling feminism and progressive thought, the Alt-Right has created a culture of vitriolic defensiveness among young white men and seeks to establish a common belief in white male victimhood. To understand this illogic that constitutes one of the foundations of the Alt-Right, we must understand how the movement defines itself in part as a negative response to the accomplishments of feminism.
by Hanna Bergman