Boys (don’t) Cry

Toxic Masculinity describes the idea that men are inherently less emotional than women, as well as being more violent, stronger, and more able to tolerate pain and stress. A man who presents as emotional or un-aggressive is deemed effeminate and weak. This leads to many men repressing their feelings and cutting themselves off from people…

Anthropology of a Young Man

The photo collection “Anthropology of a Young Man” dissects masculinity by blending in femininity and softening and reappropriating masculine symbols – by painting select sportswear gold, putting metallic stars where football war paint might otherwise be smeared, and kissing a baseball instead of throwing it. My choice for the use of gold in the photographs…

Double Standards in the Dating World

There are many different personal beliefs and cultural customs that surround dating. I find myself questioning those double standards after  witnessing several dating encounters.  How often have we heard “Women should do this.” or “A good man should do that?” Where do these notions come from? Are these ideas set in stone or from the Stone…

Girl Power and the Axe Effect

The other day I was watching an MTV teen dating show when an ad for the new Axe product, the ‘cool metal shower gel’, came on. The tagline was “girls are getting hotter and hotter- use axe to keep your cool.” Aside from the blatant fat shaming and unrealistic representation of “conventional beauty” and “what…

The Virginity Disease

I’m celebrating my 22nd birthday on July 23rd and I still haven’t achieved a major checkpoint in my adulthood: losing my virginity. I have not yet bow-chicka-wow-wowed because before this point in my life, I’ve overhyped my hymen. I’ve come to realize that it’s just sex. So, who cares if you value it or not?…

Kiss and Tell

Being a man trying to meet other men is always harder than it looks. Just like every person, it’s even harder to get through an awkward first date when you’re meeting your match from off the internet. I mean, let’s face it, with apps like Grindr, society expects gay men to always look picture perfect.…