1st Edition

Toxic Masculinity Men, Meaning, and Digital Media

Edited By John Mercer, Mark McGlashan Copyright 2023
    202 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    202 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Toxic Masculinity brings together scholars across disciplines to explore the ways in which toxic masculinity is constructed, configured and represented online.

    What is "toxic masculinity"? Examining what it means in the media and public discourse, the contributors have explored a constellation of behaviours, cultures and practices that have been labelled as (or associated with) toxic masculinity including those of politicians, extremists, incels, as well as individual "ordinary" men and their everyday behaviours. Topics covered in the collection include incels and Men Going Their Own Way (MGTOW), bro culture, sexual violence, internalised homophobia, transphobia, white masculinity and political discourse.

    Toxic Masculinity is intended for a broad spectrum of gender, media, cultural and masculinity studies professionals, academics, researchers and students. The book also includes suggestions for further reading, a discussion of methods used in each chapter and contextual prefaces to make connections between critical questions and cases.

    Toxic Masculinity: An Introduction

    Mark McGlashan and John Mercer

    1. Online Discourses of Toxic Masculinity
    2. Mark McGlashan and Isobelle Clarke

    3. Incels, MGTOW and Heteropessimism
    4. Jacob Johanssen

    5. Between Involuntary Celibacy and Incel: Outlining a Worldview
    6. Henry Price

    7. ‘Patriot Bros’, the Fascist Creep, and the Spatial Fantasies of White-Nationalist Masculinity
    8. Jason Luger

    9. Not Just a Prank: Toxic Masculinity and Prank Culture
      Max Böhner
    10. Ink not mink: Discourses of Masculinity in Animal Rights Campaigns
    11. Gavin Brookes and Małgorzata Chałupnik

    12. Internalised Homophobia or Externalised Transphobia: Violence Against Trans Women in a Sexual or Romantic Context
    13. Ben Colliver and Joanna Jamel

    14. Men know, Women listen: Mansplaining, Manspreading and other Malestream Stories
    15. Begonya Enguix Grau

    16. Representing Shitty Media Men and Casting Couch Culture: Film and Television’s Fictional Reckoning with #MeToo, Sexual Harassment and Assault
    17. Donna Peberdy


    18. Trump’s Last Gasp: Melodrama, Toxic Dramaturgy and Zombie Masculinity

             John Mercer


    Mark McGlashan is Lecturer in English Language at the Birmingham Institute of Media and English, Birmingham City University, United Kingdom.

    John Mercer is Professor of Gender and Sexuality at Birmingham City University, United Kingdom.