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What Is Toxic Masculinity?

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You may have bumped into the term toxic masculinity during your travels around the internet. It usually shows up in connection with particularly abusive male behavior, but what does it really mean? In this episode we take a closer look at the term using Biff from Back To The Future as our example. If you’d […]

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When Men Are Harassed Online

I did two things that garnered a torrent of harassment this week from angry men on the internet. First I launched a new critical video series focusing on harmful ways masculinity is often portrayed in media. My first episode highlights the importance of open emotional vulnerability as seen on Cartoon Network’s Steven Universe. Second, in […]

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Every Hug On Steven Universe Supercut

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This is a supercut of every hug on Steven Universe. A total of 95 hugs from episodes 1 to 83. You can see my full video essay about emotional expression on Steven Universe here. ABOUT THE PROJECT The Pop Culture Detective Agency is a brand new video series that looks at media through a critical […]

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Emotional Expression on Steven Universe

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This is the first in a series of videos exploring what Steven Universe has to say about men, boys and masculinity. This episode covers representations of emotional expression, and highlights the ways in which crying, affection and fear are framed on the show. The Pop Culture Detective Agency is a brand new video series that looks at […]

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Announcing The Pop Culture Detective Agency!

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I’m excited to announce The Pop Culture Detective Agency! This project a brand new video series that looks at media through a critical lens with an emphasis on depictions of men and masculinity in popular culture. ABOUT THE PROJECT This new video series focuses on deconstructing the representations of masculinity we see embedded in movies, […]

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