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Germany’s Crisis of Masculinity

The end of the Second World War and the collapse of Nazism necessitated an enormous change to German ideals of masculinity.  For decades prior to the conflict, it had been drilled into German men to be unfeeling, disciplined and efficient soldiers; their loss to the allies therefore precipitated a crisis of masculinity. When considering this crisis…

The President’s Club

Many people were shocked at the recent expose of the annual President’s Club meeting with its normalised harassment and workplace abuse. The President’s Club is a charitable trust that has fundraised over £22 million for disadvantaged and underprivileged children’s charities during its 33-year history. It is famed for hosting an annual secretive fundraising gala at The Dorchester, dubbed ‘the most…

Masculinity in the Trenches

“You smug-faced crowds with kindling eye Who cheer when soldier lads march by, Sneak home and pray you’ll never know The hell where youth and laughter go.”  – Siegfried Sassoon, ‘Suicide in the Trenches’.     At the outbreak of the First World War, the epitome of military manhood dictated that a spirit of strength and sacrifice was…

Sexuality in Sport

A few months ago, whilst watching an enthralling contest between Arsenal and Chelsea at the Emirates stadium, I found myself in a position of some conflict. The man next to me, an Arsenal regular who’s been going for years, would occasionally hurl homophobic abuse at the referee or opposition when…

Gender Traitors

“Our BODIES, our LIVES, our RIGHTS, our FUTURE”, chants the website of the women’s rights organisation poignantly titled the Handmaid Coalition. Formed in response to the outcome of the 2016 American Presidential election, which, they claim, “changed us all”, this collective are “fighting to ensure fiction does not become reality”.…