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Whether you label it the ‘mask of masculinity,’ ‘toxic masculinity,’ or ‘the man box,’ the traditional conception of manhood still holds sway
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‘The only thing I was thinking was ‘don’t cry, that’s what women do’: What does ‘masculinity’ mean today?


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by Kate Demolder
30.04.21

Read time: 14 mins

Modern young men are navigating a new form of masculinity in the wake of their former heroes’ demise, but is 'toxic masculinity' still the root cause of our brothers, fathers and friends’ downfalls?

In 2016, journalist Peggy Orenstein published “Girls & Sex: Navigating the Complicated New Landscape,” a best-selling study of the sexuality of the modern female. An intimate view of the sex lives of young women, Orenstein brought levity to a fraught subject marred by a clear generation gap between parents and their daughters. The book welcomed extraordinary success, allowing Orenstein to continue her studies and later write “Boys & Sex: Young Men on Hookups, Love, Porn,...

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