But can society change these ideas? Naturally, public service announcements come to mind: commercials and special events that clue men in to their deadly ways, and begin to equate strength, rather than sheer toughness, with masculinity. That's what Hines, Mahalik, and others have called for. "I'd love to see manly men showing that they take care of themselves," Mahalik says, envisioning a campaign that raises awareness of terminal male idiocy the same way prior efforts have addressed anorexia in women. Hines hopes for ads that drill into "the illogic of [men's] current beliefs," with messages like, "I want to be energetic at work and home, and eating a healthy diet can help with this." But breaking through won't be easy, and not only because of Hollywood and Madison Avenue. Men from some African nations see STDs as a badge of honor. Many Latino men think a finger in the anus, even if it belongs to a medical doctor, is the end of one's manhood altogether, "almost the worst thing that … [Read more...] about Men’s Health: Manhood Is Now Biggest Risk Factor for Early Death
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I have so many conflicting thoughts: Yes, it does bug me that anytime I say anything feminist as a gamer I am dismissed as a “no fun whiner.” No, it doesn’t really bother me that female characters are often scantily clad and look like porn stars. Yes, I get exasperated when workers at Comic-Con game booths don’t offer me a controller, assuming I’ve been dragged there by the guy I’m with. No, I don't need to prove to you how legit I am, even though I felt compelled to do so in this very essay. Yes, I want to see female characters doing something in games other than being the thing to rescue. No, I don’t have to have a female-protagonist option in every single game. Yes, I do still break into “I’m a fraud” sweats when I am asked to play a first-person shooter in front of an audience, because I cannot shake the feeling that as a woman, I’m supposed to be good at FPS games just to buck the stereotype that women are bad at … [Read more...] about The Cake Is a Lie: Sexism Isn’t a Boss Gamer Girls Can Beat
All those video games and movies and comics and, well, the Internet, have given Nanjiani an “encyclopedic” knowledge of geeky things since the ’80s, he says. He’s deeply disturbed by the human noses of Michael Bay’s Ninja Turtles. He wants to launch a podcast that dissects X-Files episodes. He has a very Zen approach to superhero reboots: Even if it’s bad, it doesn’t tarnish the original. And, like everyone who knows what “dracarys” means, he wonders if George R.R. Martin knows where he’s going with Game of Thrones. Unfortunately, if Nanjiani watches the show with his wife, who’s read all of the Song of Ice and Fire books, there’s a chance she might unintentionally spoil the story for him. … [Read more...] about Silicon Valley’s Kumail Nanjiani and the Most High-Brow Dick Joke Ever
Likewise, when I see people protesting, and I disagree with them, it’s a sign of respect for our country to let them express themselves. That happens to me all the time: at the Values Voter Summit last week, at pro-life marches, at Tea Party rallies. I criticize these gatherings often, and write articles condemning them, but never for a moment do I doubt their right to take place. … [Read more...] about The NFL Is Right, Trump Is Wrong: Dissenting Players Are Patriotic
He was willing to put that on the line because his endgame is a time and a place in which this isn’t a news story at all, or as Sam said, “when we can live life in a world when gays don't have to come out in public”; where the next gay athlete and the one after is afforded the basic dignity of being allowed to be honest about him or herself as a human being without fearing a pro league’s hand-wringing about some kind of silly “backlash.” … [Read more...] about Which Team Will Make History With Michael Sam Tonight?