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Toxic Masculinity
Men, Meaning, and Digital Media

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ISBN 9781032027067
December 30, 2022 Forthcoming by Routledge
224 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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 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.

Table of Contents

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

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Mark McGlashan is Lecturer in English Language in 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.