Articles about Men

F-Word contributors discuss men and feminism. Although not all feminists concentrate their work on men, many believe feminism benefits them as well as women.

 It's only rock'n'roll but I don't like it

Is it 'only rock'n'roll' when a well known male music star beats his wife or girlfriend? And why do men and women alike afford these stars second, third and fourth chances? Amanda McIndoe investigates

Amanda McIndoe // 1 June 2012

Categories: Culture and Media, Features, Feminism, Men, Music, Violence

 It's not feminism that hurts men

Jo T examines a recent article supporting claims that men are "the new second sex" and finds it to be a highly misleading piece that fails to consider the role of patriarchal structures in men's suffering and instead opts to blame feminism

Jo T // 21 May 2012

Categories: Culture and Media, Features, Feminism, Men

 Finding feminism

Josh Hadley charts his journey from teenage dismissal to identifying as pro-feminist

Josh Hadley // 5 December 2010

Categories: Feminism, Men

Painful vagina? Your poor husband!

S's experience with vulvar vestibulitis - which makes penetrative sex painful - highlighted the phallocentric medical establishment and limited definitions of sex

S // 14 March 2010

Categories: Body and Health, Men, Sex and Relationships, Soundbites

Breaking the circle

We know that sexual violence is all too common and everyday. Here 'L' talks through repeat experiences of being targetted with abuse and sexual assault by boys and men

L // 25 May 2009

Categories: Men, Violence

For the good of the species?

If you believe one story on a popular science news site, there's proof that older men "chasing" younger women benefits humankind (or should that be mankind?) Eirwen-Jane Pierrot considers the impact of these sensationalist claims on women in the real world

Eirwen-Jane Pierrot // 15 April 2009

Categories: Culture and Media, Men, Sex and Relationships, Stereotypes, Violence

Alright darlin'

Selina Jervis reports that sexual harassment in public spaces has reached critical levels

Selina Jervis // 8 February 2009

Categories: Men, Violence

Why my son wears pink

At two year's old, Penni F's son happily enthuses over both fairies and trucks. But, she worries, what happens when pressure to be a 'real man' kicks in?

Penni F // 19 August 2008

Categories: Family, Men, Stereotypes

 Knife crime and masculinity

Forget single mums and absent fathers - the current spate of knife crime can be traced back to the so-called 'real man', argues Jennifer Drew

Jennifer Drew // 18 July 2008

Categories: Men, Stereotypes, Violence

 Men! Feminism needs you! (Not your privilege...)

Anne Onne dispenses some advice for men commenting on feminist websites and blogs

Anne Onne // 14 June 2008

Categories: Feminism, Men

 Cartoon special...

In a break from our usual text-based programming, a selection of cartoons on the theme of men and women, by Yvonne Howard

Yvonne Howard // 9 June 2008

Categories: Men, Sex and Relationships

Are women and girls vulnerable?

Violent men do not attack girls or women because they are 'vulnerable', argues Jennifer Drew, and it deflects attention from the perpetrators to pretend otherwise

Jennifer Drew // 19 May 2008

Categories: Culture and Media, Men, Violence

The Oxbridge sex workers

Laurie Penny considers why so many Oxbridge students are going into prostitution and stripping, and the impact the media coverage of their stories has on women in less privileged positions

Laurie Penny // 11 May 2008

Categories: Culture and Media, Men, Politics and Current Affairs, Violence

The epidemic of male violence against women

A spate of convictions has put femicide into the headlines again. But, as Jennifer Drew reports, the media is still blaming women - and ignoring 'everyday' incidents of male violence against women

Jennifer Drew // 6 April 2008

Categories: Culture and Media, Men, Violence

 Walking on eggshells

Approaching men on the street and asking them to undress and be photographed can be frightening - and highlights the struggle for women to find equality. Alex Brew explains

Alex Brew // 2 April 2008

Categories: Culture and Media, Men, Violence

Why men should care about gender stereotypes

Alex Gibson considers the harm done by stereotypes of men as beer-swilling, emotionally-stunted brutes

Alex Gibson // 2 February 2008

Categories: Activism, Culture and Media, Men, Stereotypes

Filling the hole

The self-hating mindset, if not the medical condition, of anorexia is frighteningly common, argues Katie Muller

Katie Muller // 6 December 2007

Categories: Body and Health, Culture and Media, Fashion and Image, Feminism, Men

Does 'gender neutral' language serve to cover up male violence?

Gender-neutral language applies to male criminals, but not to their female victims, argues Jennifer Drew

Jennifer Drew // 3 December 2007

Categories: Culture and Media, Language, Men, Violence

How many lesbians does it take to sell a t-shirt?

Girl-on-girl action may be marketing gold, but has little benefit for actual lesbians, argues Joanna Whitehead

J Whitehead // 4 November 2007

Categories: Culture and Media, Fashion and Image, Men, Stereotypes

From 'oy sexy' to 'frigid bitch' in 30 seconds

The odd wolf whistle might seem flattering, says Abi M, but catcalling and street harassment can easily turn into something more threatening

Abi M // 31 October 2007

Categories: Men, Violence

Maid of the manor

Despite all our advances, men still dominate public life. But if they are so smart, asks Amity Reed, why can't they fathom how to do the housework?

Amity Reed // 30 August 2007

Categories: Men, Sex and Relationships, Work and Play

The farmer wants a wife, the wife wants a wife

Women don't want to be lumbered with the housework, but men aren't willing to pick up the bucket and mop. Right? JC Sutcliffe asks why women perpetuate the myth that men are incapable of doing domestic chores

JC Sutcliffe // 29 March 2007

Categories: Men, Sex and Relationships, Work and Play

Suffering in Silence

One woman's story of street harassment turned George Mason from anti-feminist to women's rights advocate. Now, he urges more women to speak out about their experiences

George Mason // 1 March 2007

Categories: Activism, Men, Violence

Pretending That Men Aren't Grown-Ups

Ellery takes issue with a Times article entitled "Pretending That Women Aren't Grown-Ups", which said that women should change their behaviour to prevent being raped. Ellery argues that that expecting women to take responsibility for rapists' actions is a double standard which sees men as irrational brutes and rape as a fact of life.

Ellery // 12 February 2006

Categories: Men, Violence

Deconstructing Masculinity

Sheryl Plant argues that masculinity needs to be questioned and critiqued just as much as the concept of femininity; only then can male violence be fully addressed.

Sheryl Plant // 11 February 2006

Categories: Men

Who's the man?

Is masculinity simply "natural" or - like femininity - is it essentially performance? Holly Combe addresses this question and more as she reports on her first time at a Drag King workshop, and shares the results with The F-Word

Holly Combe // 1 August 2005

Categories: Fashion and Image, Men

Why men suck (and the women who have to)

When teaching English in Cambodia, a country with a pervasive, exploitative sex industry, Laura Carr was shocked to discover that almost all her western male friends were happy to participate.

Laura Carr // 17 September 2004

Categories: Men, Sex and Relationships

Every Girl Wants a Stalker

Films, pop songs and mainstream popular culture all push the same message: that men must pursue women to ridiculous extremes, even if the attention is unwanted. Yet if women pursue men, they are seen as desperate, needy, and sad. Rachel E exposes the double standard.

Rachel E // 1 August 2004

Categories: Men, Sex and Relationships

Why It's time for the 'battle of the sexes' to end

Lad culture has done nothing more than perpetuate petty hatred between the sexes. Enough is enough, says Laura Baldwin.

Laura Baldwin // 20 July 2004

Categories: Culture and Media, Men, Sex and Relationships

A Perfect Delusion

What effect are men's magazines having on men's views of women and heterosexual relationships? Samantha Lyster thinks men who fall for the magazines' propaganda about women are setting themselves up for a fall.

Samantha Lyster // 19 April 2004

Categories: Culture and Media, Fashion and Image, Men, Sex and Relationships

Body Language Speaks Volumes

Reading feminist research on the subject of non-verbal behaviour was a revelation to Anna Sandfield. Here she explains how women and men's subconscious body language (touching, sitting, even smiling) can reinforce gender roles - without even being aware of it.

Anna Sandfield // 19 October 2003

Categories: Men, Sex and Relationships

Sexual Healing

Ben Thurgood wonders why the feminist concept of equality in sex hasn't entered into the mainstream - after all, equality is just common sense, surely?

Ben Thurgood // 19 September 2003

Categories: Men, Sex and Relationships

'Feminists are Sexist'

Should feminists have to spend exactly half their time, energy, and resources working on behalf of men to be taken seriously? Catherine Redfern thinks not.

Catherine Redfern // 19 September 2003

Categories: Feminism, Men

Real Men Drink Pints

Andrew Bowden goes searching for a Father's Day gift that doesn't involve socks, football, beer, DIY or Homer Simpson.

Andrew Bowden // 16 June 2003

Categories: Culture and Media, Men

Walking with Cavemen

Alex couldn't believe what she was reading in a recent issue of Cosmopolitan as they called for a return of the "caveman"

Alex // 18 May 2003

Categories: Men

Men in feminism

Few men seem interested in feminism. Lizzie Garcha asks how we can encourage more of them to realise that feminism benefits everyone.

Lizzie Garcha // 18 May 2003

Categories: Feminism, Men

25 Burning Questions

Holly Combe answers the questions men are "too embarassed to ask"

Holly Combe // 16 April 2003

Categories: Men, Sex and Relationships

Smug Intentions: Richard and Judy on Chivalry

Holly Combe examines the hidden motives behind the calls for a return to chivalry. When Richard and Judy joined the debate recently, did they really have anything constructive to add?

Holly Combe // 16 February 2003

Categories: Men, Sex and Relationships

Get Mad

Jamie Lee Merrick gets mad mad mad after reading an anti-feminist website. Here's her furious response.

Jamie Lee Merrick // 16 October 2002

Categories: Feminism, Men

Bend Over Girls - he's in Freak Mode

Society needs to stop thinking of men as slaves to their sexual urges, argues Holly Combe. She examines the damaging common idea that, once aroused, men become an unstoppable force that it would be rude - even immoral - to try to stop.

Holly Combe // 16 September 2002

Categories: Men, Sex and Relationships, Violence

Enough with the pendulum!

There are two phrases guaranteed to make me cringe. One of them is anything involving the pendulum; you know the one that's always "swung too far the other way"?

Catherine Redfern // 16 October 2001

Categories: Feminism, Men

Reply to Nigel Planer

"Men are now in crisis... since the seventies, the pendulum has swung castratingly far in the other direction." wrote Nigel Planer in The Radio Times in June. Jen Clarke responds.

Jen Clarke // 13 July 2001

Categories: Feminism, Men

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