Andrew Smiler speculates about how, when, and why social class can trump racism and sexism.
Andrew Smiler, PhD is a therapist in Winston-Salem, North Carolina (USA) and the author of “Challenging Casanova: Beyond the stereotype of promiscuous young male sexuality”. He is a past president of the Society for the Psychological Study of Men and Masculinity and has taught at Wake Forest University and SUNY Oswego. Dr. Smiler's research focuses on definitions of masculinity. He also studies normative aspects of sexual development, such as age and perception of first kiss, first “serious” relationship, and first intercourse among 15-25 year olds. Follow him @AndrewSmiler.
Andrew Smiler applauds the American Association of Pediatrics’ recommendations that adolescents be taught to use condoms and that condoms be made more available to them.
Andrew Smiler says technological changes have eliminated the time American soldiers need to re-adjust to being home.
Andrew Smiler says that reports of manhood’s demise are premature. It’s as healthy, dynamic, and contradictory as ever.
Andrew Smiler discusses how seemingly good kids from Maryville, Steubenville, & Glen Ridge could end up accused of rape.
Andrew Smiler says American expectations about masculinity keep male victims silent about their sexual abuse.
Andrew Smiler doesn’t watch weekly series because he’s not willing to make an emotional commitment to a TV character.
Andrew Smiler says one reason men and women have relationship difficulties is that they have different approaches to the idea of rules.
Andrew Smiler believes better vocational education for high school boys will improve their lives, their (future) partners’ lives, and the economy as a whole.
Andrew Smiler reviews the numbers and concludes that the idea guys want lots of different partners is fiction.
Andrew Smiler says Robin Thicke’s VMA performance and child rapist Stacey Dean Rambold’s behavior have the same roots and wonders why no one is talking about it.
Sarah Thebarge wonders if it’s really necessary for her online dating site to ask her whether she uses ketchup on her grilled cheese and who her favorite Kardashian is.
Patte Wheat LeVan profiles sculptor James Kelsey.
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Betsy and Warren Talbot have found great results through applying some basic business concepts to their marriage.
Tom Scocca argues that snark is a necessary weapon in the war against “smarm”. Allan Mott politely disagrees.
Orin J. Hahn has a simple message for women about men, we feel too.
There are few better examples of failed American foreign policy than our trade embargo against Cuba.
Vironika Tugaleva shares a simple but not easy solution to the cycle of abuse.
Alexa Koncinski asks, “Would you rather sing a cappella randomly in public once every day or audibly express wind every time you met a new person?”
After he lost his brother, Jarad Dewing tried everything to release the pain locked inside of him.
Despite growing up as young black male in the “hood,” facing all the same challenges—like violence and poverty—my voice, moreover the way I talked, somehow made me less black than others.
Renowned prison reform activist Ken Hartman gives his insights into how we can reform our broken system.
Prison rape isn’t funnier than any other kind of rape. And men are not unstoppable rape machines. It’s time we stopped laughing.
“We all feel angry. We don’t all choose to abuse because we’re angry.”
Jeremy Meyers thinks it’s time for men to decide who they are, not let society decide for them.
Conventional beauty doesn’t mean crap. Jackson Bliss explores the importance of “idiosyncratic beauty” and its relationship to love
Andrew Smiler offers three suggestions on how to leave the gray zone of sexual consent.