Tag: Men and Boys

Hey, Lara Spencer, Ballet Is for Boys

Maybe Lara Spencer hasn’t seen “Billy Elliot.” It was dismaying that Ms. Spencer, a host of “Good Morning America” on ABC, would openly laugh at the news that a 6-year-old boy had elected to study ballet. Listing Prince George’s curriculum on Thursday morning, she ticked off “religious studies, computer programming, poetry and ballet.” She pronounced […]

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Girl’s Quest to Sing With Berlin’s Boys’ Choir Is Dashed

BERLIN — A court on Friday blocked a 9-year-old German girl from joining Berlin’s oldest cultural institution, its all-boys’ choir, after she sued to be allowed to sing with the chorus, in a case that pitted a push for gender parity against centuries of musical tradition. Berlin’s administrative court said that artistic freedom was more […]

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To Make It to the Moon, Women Have to Escape Earth’s Gender Bias

[Read all Times reporting on the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. | Sign up for the weekly Science Times email.] As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, NASA has started Artemis, a program that aims “to return astronauts to the lunar surface by 2024, including the first […]

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The Bro-iness of Joe Biden

Joe Biden has a 1960s T.V. dad quality that can sometimes be charming and nostalgia-provoking, but is just as often problematic and cringe-inducing. He is a man of a particular time whose evolution seems to be slowing. I don’t believe he’s a bad person, or a racist, or a segregationist. That’s ridiculous. I just believe […]

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How ‘Jane the Virgin’ Made a Better Man of Justin Baldoni

For five seasons, fans of “Jane the Virgin” have swooned over the transformation of Rafael Solano from playboy hotelier to doting baby daddy and the wokest bae in Miami. But for Justin Baldoni, who plays him, that evolution wasn’t just an act. “What’s interesting about the journey of Rafael as a character is it in […]

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Can Dads Have It All?

In the discourse of the upper-upper, don’t-call-us-rich middle class, an old stereotype of fatherhood — the dim, affable, useless-for-housework Pop — has lately been supplemented by a new one: The credit-hogging, pleased-with-himself Good Dad, who does just enough housework to pretend that he’s an equal partner, and swans about in a BabyBjorn reaping applause from […]

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‘Little Fresh Meat’ and the Changing Face of Masculinity in China

BEIJING — In late April, The Beijing News, a popular daily, ran a collection of profiles on Chinese millennials in celebration of the May Fourth youth holiday commemorating a 1919 student movement. Alongside a best-selling writer, an amateur architecture historian and a producer of popular science videos there was Cai Xukun, a 20-something male pop […]

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Why Women, but Not Men, Are Judged for a Messy House

Image“The Smiths share the drudgery of housework, for they both have important war jobs,” the Office of War Information wrote about this photo circa 1944.CreditLibrary of Congress Even in 2019, messy men are given a pass and messy women are unforgiven. Three recently published studies confirm what many women instinctively know: Housework is still considered […]

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The Faults Beyond Our Algorithms

In the last month there have been two big profiles, one in this newspaper and one in Washingtonian, of young men who were radicalized into some version of the alt-right and then later abjured far-right politics. The Washingtonian profile is a mother’s first-person account of watching her 13-year-old son join an extremist internet community and […]

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How Billy Porter Won the Red Carpet

“I want to flip the question of what it means to be a man,” Billy Porter said. “This question of masculinity, this sort of microscope of heteronormative masculinity that we are very often held up to, especially as leading men, needs to be shattered. You know, it’s toxic and I’m over it and I’ve lived […]

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Sweden Finds a Simple Way to Improve New Mothers’ Health. It Involves Fathers.

The weeks after a mother gives birth are a universally vulnerable period. She is recovering physically and mentally, while dealing with sleep deprivation, round-the-clock caregiving and possibly breast-feeding. Yet after a day or a few days in the hospital, she often doesn’t see a doctor for six weeks. A new study suggests a way to […]

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A Victory for Fathers in JPMorgan Parental Leave Case

For years, scholars, activists and mothers have criticized policies that place the burden of child-rearing overwhelmingly on women. Increasingly, fathers are joining the criticism of these policies — and asserting their legal rights to challenge them. On Thursday, JPMorgan Chase announced that it had reached a tentative settlement in a class-action case initiated by a […]

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