Men, Meaning, and Digital Media
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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
- Online Discourses of Toxic Masculinity
- Incels, MGTOW and Heteropessimism
- Between Involuntary Celibacy and Incel: Outlining a Worldview
- ‘Patriot Bros’, the Fascist Creep, and the Spatial Fantasies of White-Nationalist Masculinity
- Not Just a Prank: Toxic Masculinity and Prank Culture
- Ink not mink: Discourses of Masculinity in Animal Rights Campaigns
- Internalised Homophobia or Externalised Transphobia: Violence Against Trans Women in a Sexual or Romantic Context
- Men know, Women listen: Mansplaining, Manspreading and other Malestream Stories
- Representing Shitty Media Men and Casting Couch Culture: Film and Television’s Fictional Reckoning with #MeToo, Sexual Harassment and Assault
- Trump’s Last Gasp: Melodrama, Toxic Dramaturgy and Zombie Masculinity
Mark McGlashan and Isobelle Clarke
Gavin Brookes and Małgorzata Chałupnik
Ben Colliver and Joanna Jamel
Begonya Enguix Grau
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.