Philip Zimbardo (hat tip to William for linking it), who also did the Stanford Prison Experiment, has a TED talk about the demise of guys: decreases in educational achievement and increases in social awkwardness. He ends up blaming it a lot on porn, the Internet and video games, which I think is a simplistic solution. After all, people may retreat into video games and the Internet as a consequence of decreased educational achievement and increased social awkwardness; it’s not a one-way thing. However, I do think the video is interesting to watch, if for nothing else than his interesting presentation of the facts.
Alas a Blog and Fathers and Families cover California’s Alternative Custody Program, which allows non-violent offenders who are the primary caregivers of children to live at home wearing an ankle monitor. However, despite gender-neutral language in the legislation, it is currently only implemented for women. Yes, really.
The Internal Acceptance Movement, a Tumblr devoted to good body image and self-acceptance, has a rant about unrealistic standards men face to get laid by large numbers of women. My favorite line: “If I have a son someday, I would rather he be intelligent, kind, thoughtful, independent, creative, interesting, funny, insightful—a million things, before fuckable and desirable in bed.”
Danny begins a Gender Symmetry Checklist. It’s a good start to understanding how gender roles hurt everyone.
Holly Pervocracy (a NSWATM contributor) continues to have one of the awesomest blogs I’ve ever read. Most on-topic for NSWATM is her post about false rape accusations sorts out some of the problems that cloud the issue of rape accusations. Also, her Cosmocking this month contains Cosmo’s brain-breakingly awesome statement that slut-shaming is for skanks.
The New York Times says that same-sex schooling hurts everyone. Turns out, once again, men and women are far more similar than they are different. In fact, same-sex schooling actually increases the amount of gender-stereotypical behavior for both genders.
Former NSWATM contributor/dude who has distanced himself from us, GodlessAltruist, has started a Masculism reddit. It already has linked me to some great content: Rise of the Zeta Male’s review of a book about abused men; a petition to the White House to ban routine non-therapeutic infant circumcision; a news story about the Republican debate crowd that booed a gay soldier.
And, finally, the Samuel L Ipsum generator. Whoever made this should get over here and marry me.