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New Statesman: Re-reading parenting manuals, I realise they are DIY guides to toxic masculinity

“The sorts of masculine behaviour required for stalking, pursuing and killing wild animals are very different from the feminine virtues.”

Independent: What parents of boys should bear in mind about the ‘spurned’ Texas school shooter Dimitrios Pagourtzis

As a mother of three sons, I’m tired of seeing male unhappiness cultivated and weaponised. A feminist approach to raising boys must go beyond allowing our sons to wear dresses and play with dolls.

On feeling sorry for boys

Women and girls have always been asked to see men and boys as both more fragile and more powerful. It's time we stopped.

Independent: Stephen Paddock killing people in Las Vegas had nothing to do with ‘toxic masculinity

When ‘being bad’ is what makes you a real man for the purposes of a photoshoot, why should we be surprised when the same applies in real life?

New Statesman: Why are social conservatives so triggered by John Lewis’s gender-neutral kids’ clothing?

The most staunch defenders of essential gender differences know their value system would fall apart at the slightest touch

The Pool: This mini-urinal teaches boys not to wee “like a girl”

Prepare your son for full-on man-weeing by getting him to piss in a frog’s mouth.

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