Posted in Gender

Why Are We Still Surprised at #MeToo Male Victims?

The wave of accusations of sexual misconduct against Harvey Weinstein has led to (perhaps an unsurprising) internet trend, largely of women, discussing how they too have been victims of sexual abuse, everything from catcalling right up to rape. While the merits or otherwise of the hashtag trend has generated debate in terms of its usefulness, there is one element that seems to surprise everyone. Continue reading “Why Are We Still Surprised at #MeToo Male Victims?”

Posted in Mental Health

Getting Through Autumn and Winter with SAD

Most people feel sluggish and tired and a little grumpy in the autumn and winter. For some people, it’s a hell of a lot worse than feeling a little blue and glum. I love the autumn for the colours and the vibrancy but I am aware that my mood and disposition tends to change. I have never received a diagnosis of Seasonal Adjustment Disorder, but I live my life as though I do have the condition. Some autumn-winter periods are worse than others. Continue reading “Getting Through Autumn and Winter with SAD”

Posted in Gender

Why We Need to Stop Talking About “Male Privilege”

No, I’m not a butthurt snowflake blind to my privilege. I am fully aware that my penis gives me privilege over women in many cases. I’m also aware that my white skin gives me privilege over people with darker skin. I realise that being straight gives me privilege over the LGBT community. That is not what this post is about. Continue reading “Why We Need to Stop Talking About “Male Privilege””

Posted in Mental Health

Some Reasons Why Men Might Commit Suicide

Today is World Suicide Prevention Day. As I look back on 2012, the year I seriously contemplated taking my own life, I started to contemplate what the world has achieved to raise awarness and reduce deaths through suicide. Of course, today is not about male suicide, but we can’t ignore the gendered aspect of this phenomena considering in the UK and the USA, over 3/4 of annual suicides are men. Continue reading “Some Reasons Why Men Might Commit Suicide”

Posted in Dating / Relationships

Codependency is Unhealthy. Why Do So Many Dating Bloggers Encourage It?

A few weeks ago, I unsubscribed from another dating blog giving bad advice. This was another instance where the female blogger seems to think that encouraging bad behaviour in its female readership is to “keep him in line” or make him more “romantic”. One of the most concerning bits of advice is how casually these bloggers encourage codependence. Continue reading “Codependency is Unhealthy. Why Do So Many Dating Bloggers Encourage It?”

Posted in Gender

Masculinity and “Womansplaining”

.Mansplaining is a thing, but it’s not as prevalent or as systemic as feminists believe or tell each other. It’s not the deliberate and insidious tool of oppression that it is presented as. It’s just being a dick while having an inferiority complex that there is somebody who knows better than you do. Sure, some men feel threatened by knowledgeable and more qualified women, but it’s not the norm. Continue reading “Masculinity and “Womansplaining””