Man Links #32: articles exploring issues around #Mansurvey

On Wednesdays I share articles and other links that I’ve come across over the last week, which touch on issues that crossover with the #ManSurvey. I’ve missed a few weeks due to other projects so this weeks is a bit of a bumper list.

(If these aren’t enough links for for you here are the previous posts including the Further Reading List for the show.)

Please be aware of a general content note: some of these links touch on sexual assault, rape, war, prejudice, suicide, prison, violence and other aspects of patriarchy. Also links to things that talk about how masculinity intersects with gender reflect the focus of some of the show, and should never be taken to imply that trans women are men.

Shock and Care by Harry Giles on his website

Film Dialogue from 2,000 screenplays, Broken Down by Gender and Age by Hanah Anderson & Matthew Daniels on Polygraph

The Dark Side of Guardian Comments by Becky Gardiner, Mahana Mansfield, Ian Anderson, Josh Holder, Daan Louter and Monica Ulmanu in The Guardian

‘(Re)theorising laddish masculinities by Alison Phipps available as in open access on her website

Sex education: what I wish I’d learned by Girl on the Net on her blog

Is porn to blame for young women being coerced into having anal sex? by Kashmira Gander in The Independent

This twitter thread about trans men, privilege, oppression and race by Mitch Kellaway

Stephen Fry’s objections to trigger warnings aren’t acceptable – but they are understandable by Laurie Penny in The New Statesman

No one would listen to Stephen Fry if he was poor by Paris Lees in The Guardian

I Was a Men’s Rights Activist: One man’s journey from misogyny to feminism by John McDermott in MEL Magazine

The Privilege Of ‘Civilised’ Political Discourse by Ijeoma Oluo for The Establishment

Prince: Black Music’s Liberated Son by Shane Thomas on Media Diversified

Prince broke all the rules about what black American men should be by Steven W Thrasher in The Guardian

Merriam Webster Dictionary have done some great work. As well as adding some really useful new words they’ve also splained splaining. I’ve definitely been able to relate to some of the responses they’ve had.

Polyamorous women aren’t just ‘pleasing their man’ – it’s a choice by Laura Smith in The Guardian

This Game Is Forcing Some Players to Be Women, And They’re Freaking Out by Leif Johnson on Motherboard

If you want, or need, further evidence of the lived experience of women under patriarchy (and no doubt the pushback they recieve when articulating it publicly) then check out the #whenIwas hashtag from Everyday Sexism


The Stand Up Tragedy podcast has released some of our 2015 shows that focused on identity. The first episode was Stand Up Tragedy Presents: How To Be Fat. The second episode was Stand Up Tragedy Presents: Howl of the Bantee which is a show that intersects in many ways with my show and is concerned with many of the same issues. The third episode is my show: Stand Up Tragedy Presents: What About the Men? Mansplaining Masculinity. The most recent episode of the Getting Better Acquainted podcast is also very much in the #ManSurvey wheelhouse: GBA 250 Natalie

Guest blog posts and analysis of the survey are still very welcome. And please do get in touch if you use the #ManSurvey as research, as reference, as teaching material or in any other way,  I am really happy to signal boost and link to what you are doing.