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In praise of our universal femininity: the forgotten writings of Rose Allatini

Imagine a world where every person embraces their femininity. It is a world where gender non-conformity is celebrated as civilised and enlightened; where queer people are free to love whomever they choose; and, through a rejection of the masculine ‘war-instinct’, perhaps even a world without conflict. This is the world that Austrian-British author Rose Allatini […]

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Culture Literature

Embracing vulnerability: reimagining masculinity in Scottish fiction

The 2021 online edition of the Paisley Book Festival has managed to be as magical as last year’s in-person events. The Festival is in its second year and has been developed as part of Future Paisley: a radical, wide-ranging programme of events and activities that make the most of the town’s unique and significant cultural […]

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In conversation with PrideSoc’s Jaime Prada

Jaime Prada, referring to the beige-brown second-hand polo shirt they are wearing, says, “This is someone’s granddad’s shirt. You haven’t seen me in person but everything I buy, I always have to size down because nothing ever fits me.” They shift the camera to reveal a sewing machine and then shows me the rest of […]

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Comment

What both sides on the APA and Gillette debate can learn from each other

The past weeks have been significant regarding men and their masculinities. Firstly, the American Psychological Association (APA) made headlines as, for the first time ever, they released recommended guidelines for working with boys and men. A few days later, Gillette released a shaving advert that had little to do with shaving but instead challenged men to […]

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Unlonely loneliness: looking at the nature of loneliness in older men

Loneliness is a familiar part of the human experience; however, it is a particularly pressing issue amongst the elderly in the UK. The Office for National Statisticsb(2013) reported that 50 per cent of British citizens above 75 years old live alone. In Scotland, this materialises even more starkly, as research suggests Edinburgh’s pensioners are the […]

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Fringe Theatre

Daughter

Adam Lazarus’s Daughter was written in conjunction with White Ribbon – an organisation devoted to ending domestic and sexual violence as well as reshaping common views on masculinity. You leave this play harrowed and stunned. The content of the show is extremely shocking and may be upsetting for some audience members, but you will agree […]

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Male suicide and the ‘crisis of masculinity’

Content warning: suicide. One could say that the concept of masculinity is like Fight Club: the first rule is that you don’t talk about it. Indeed, this curious comparison is more pertinent than it may first appear; the inability of men to express their state of mind leaves a vast demographic of people ‘battered and […]