Tag: toxic masculinity

Rejection From Women Led Suspect to Throw 5-Year-Old Over Railing at Mall of America: Report

Emmanuel Deshawn ArandaPhoto: Associated Press The 24-year-old man charged with hurling a 5-year-old boy over a railing at the Mall of America was “looking for someone to kill” after being rejected by women at the mall for years, police say in a criminal complaint. Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda, of Minneapolis, faces attempted murder charges, and is […]

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How Did We Get Here, Terry Crews?

Terry Crews attends NBC’s ‘America’s Got Talent’ Season 14 Kick-Off on March 11, 2019 in Pasadena, California. Photo: Amy Sussman (Getty Images) Remember when Tyra Banks spoke for America and bellowed a “We were all rooting for you!” cry to America’s Next Top Model contestant Tiffany? Today, let’s direct that energy to one Mr. Terry […]

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It’s International Women Day. Do You Know Where Your Favorite Retailers Stand?

Bonobos/YouTube It’s one day a year, within the one month of the year dedicated to honoring and uplifting women in what is still very much a man’s world. Women’s voices may be more prominent than ever before in history, but equality is not an option without allyship, which is why we’re checking to see which […]

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It’s International Women’s Day. Do You Know Where Your Favorite Retailers Stand?

Bonobos/YouTube It’s one day a year, within the one month of the year dedicated to honoring and uplifting women in what is still very much a man’s world. Women’s voices may be more prominent than ever before in history, but equality is not an option without allyship, which is why we’re checking to see which […]

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Billy Porter Wore a Gown and You Will Deal with It

Billy Porter attends the 91st Annual Academy Awards on February 24, 2019 in Hollywood, California.Photo: Kevork Djansezian (Getty Images) The day of the 2019 Oscars, thousands of men—who I’m presuming live in their parent’s basements and holla from the passenger side of their best friend’s ride—had their already-fragile masculinity shattered when Billy Porter entered the […]

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Former Bro Film King Jonah Hill Wants to Fight Toxic Masculinity

Jonah Hill splashed onto the big screen in 2007 with bro-y classics like Superbad and Knocked Up; films that reinvigorated a collective thirst for misogynistic stoner humor. But in his 2018 coming-of-age skater boy flick Mid-90s, he turned the ship around, creating a heartfelt depiction of growing up in a toxically masculine culture. Over the […]

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Yung Joc Is Officially Hair Goals—Or, He Should Be

Yung Joc on the cover of Hype Hair’s Jan/Feb issue.Screenshot: Hype Hair Straight black men, we need to talk about Yung Joc’s hair. Unless you’ve been on another planet beneath a rock with your hands over your eyes, you’ve likely seen the former Bad Boy rapper’s increasing love for colorful, daring haircuts. Advertisement Beginning with […]

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#MuteChrisBrown Too, Because He’s Clearly Committed to Being Trash

Chris Brown performs onstage during ‘We Can Survive, A Radio.com Event’ on October 20, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.Photo: Kevin Winter (Getty Images for Radio.com) In recent weeks, there’s been a lot of renewed talk about toxic masculinity, particularly amongst viewers of Surviving R. Kelly and the legions debating the necessity of Gillette’s controversial ad […]

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The Best Men Can Be? Gillette Poses a New Challenge—but Can Men Accept It?

Gillette Hell hath no fury like a man who thinks he’s being held accountable. At least, that appears to be what’s happening for many men in response to a now-viral new ad by Gillette. The 30-second spot (also cut as a one-minute-and-48-second short film) raises questions of accountability, toxic vs. “traditional” masculinity, corporate influence, and […]

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This Weekend Toxic Men, Once Again, Coerced Women

This weekend Offset stormed the stage at Cardi B’s headlining set at Rolling Loud Music Festival to beg for forgiveness and reconciliation, and Meghan Markle’s dad, Thomas Markle, went on national television in Britain to complain about being “ghosted” by his daughter. The conversation around toxic masculinity has blown up on the internet, yet again, […]

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Is It Safe Yet to Admit I Liked the Twilight Movies?

This article originally appeared on VICE Canada. Here’s my confession: I own the Twilight Saga on Blu-ray. I’ve read every book, and to this day, I’m team Jacob. I admit this wholeheartedly too, while I also consider this statement a top-tier self-sacrifice—one of which, may haunt me for the rest of my life. But I […]

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These Sweet Photos Prove Masculinity Doesn’t Have to Be Toxic

They way we think and talk about masculinity is changing slowly, but centuries of patriarchy aren’t easy to undo overnight. The advent of #MeToo and #TimesUp signaled that women were fed up with toxic misogyny, but the movement also prompted those accused of sexist rhetoric and behavior, like the president, to claim it’s “a very […]

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Watch: A List of All the Things Straight Men Can’t Do Because It’s ‘Suspect’ (According to Wiz Khalifa and Many Others)

In a Breakfast Club interview in July, very tall Pittsburgher Wiz Khalifa expressed dismay at the horror of men eating bananas in public. From Page Six: “You gotta break it in half,” Khalifa, 30, told host Charlamagne Tha God. “If you bite into a banana, you sus[pect].” When Charlamagne began to protest that “it’s just […]

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A Look Back at the Reaction to ‘Straight Black Men Are the White People of Black People’ a Year Later

A year ago, a line in a piece from Saki Benibo—an assertion also articulated a year before in a tweet from Mela Machinko—inspired me to write something of my own based on that statement. The result (“Straight Black Men Are The White People Of Black People”) was my most read VSB piece of 2017. It […]

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Terence Nance and Damon Young on Random Acts of Flyness, Intentional Acts of Blackness, and the Beauty of Lotion

Four things you don’t really need to know before watching this (but I’m going to tell you anyway) 1. Although this video is 12 minutes of Terence Nance (the creator and star of HBO’s Random Acts of Flyness) and I talking about everything from subverting the white gaze to the performance of masculinity (and the […]

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