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New Voices on Masculinities – Black Day by Matt Bogdanow

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Little one don’t be a fool, I’m a wreck when I look mighty. In Euphoria I’m bruised, In confusion next I’m lightning. In complacence I am small, through oblivion I’m charged. – “Follow My Way” by Chris Cornell, 1999 ~~~ Title 18 of the United States Code, Section 1464, prohibits the utterance of any obscene,…

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New Voices on Masculinities: Ricky and Brandon and Me by Jason Goldberg

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If someone had said mental health to me, the first thing that came to mind was mental toughness. Masking pain. Hiding and keeping it in. That’s what was embedded in me since I was a kid. Never show a sign of weakness. It’s funny because now I know [mental health]’s the total opposite. It’s being…

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New Voices on Masculinities: Dropping the Ball by Matt Bogdanow

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Editor’s Note: I am excited to introduce New Voices on Masculinities, a series of original content written for The Bridges We Burn, in which author’s explore topics related to their identity.  The first author in the series is musician and educator, Matt Bogdanow. ~~~ On February 1st, 2015, I watched the New England Patriots––my hometown heroes––defeat the Seattle…

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This is how you apologize to Keira Knightley—or anyone, for that matter

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Apologizing can be one of the most difficult acts, and one of the most powerful in showing our ability to empathize, to care, and to hold ourselves accountable. Apologies are often empty words, focusing on intention rather than reception. When we acknowledge that we were wrong–regardless of intention–that we hurt someone, that we acted out…

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Terry Crews, the Feminist: “Millions Have Died Because of Male Pride”

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Terry Crews doesn’t necessarily look like what we think of when someone says, “feminist.” All the more reason that Crews is an adamant messenger of feminist values, actively working to disempower stereotypes of masculinity. Crews challenges the notion of male pride in an effort to encourage empathy and understanding. By challenging the concept of gender…

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How Prince Led the Way to Our Gender Fluid Present

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Like David Bowie before him, Prince helped liberate masculinity from rigid gender stereotypes and constraints by embodying a fabulous, sexy, and defiantly non-conforming identity. Prince’s identity was maybe perfectly summated in his 1984 song,“I Would Die 4 U,” which features the lyric: “I’m not a woman. I’m not a man. I’m something that you’ll never…

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Alan Rickman’s Underrated Feminism

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Feminism looks differently to each of us, and there is not shortage of ways that individuals can enact and embody their feminism. For Alan Rickman, feminism meant “common sense,” and looked like fairness, respect, and honoring the contribution of women, recognizing that he was a better man and artist when surrounded by the best people,…

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David Bowie: Time to Mourn or Call Out?

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Bowie was a cultural icon, but he was also a person. And that person was accused of rape, and sexual assault of a minor. So what is to be said about a person after they pass who on the one hand provided a a creative outlet and a lifeline for queer folks and trans* folks,…

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