Women Fighting, and Men Doing Little About it

I have been shocked of late to find two videos showing women enacting brutality against one another. Femininity is a contested sphere nowadays, both literally and figuratively. First, I came across a video of a recent fight between women in a mall food court. A massive crowd watches the awful scene before two men–including basketball [Read More...]

What Men Should Be, and What They Often Are Not

Voddie Baucham’s new What He Must Be (Crossway, 2009) is a sound, pastoral, fatherly look at what boys must become to be leaders, husbands, and fathers.  I would like to commend it to you. Baucham, pastor of Grace Family Baptist Church of Spring, TX, and author of Family-Driven Faith, a book I liked very much, [Read More...]

What Makes a Man? Not “Low-Slung Pants”

From a NYT article on “low-slung pants”: “Mayor Thomas Masters, a Baptist minister, said in an interview that Riviera Beach voters “just got tired of having to look at people’s behinds or their undergarments,” but the public defenders argued that sagging pants were a constitutionally protected expression of identity. Their star witness was Chelsea Rousso, [Read More...]

The State of Men: The Tribune Takes a Look

Jessica Reaves, a reporter for the Chicago Tribune (that most endangered of vocations), recently listed the following books as recent contributions to the contemporary discussion of the state of men.  I’m not sure I would agree with all of her assessments, but I thought the list worthy of passing on: “1. The Trouble With Boys: A Surprising [Read More...]

A Blueprint for Manhood in a World That No Longer Provides One

I’ve wanted to write this blog series (and another on womanhood) for a good long while but haven’t found the time. I’ll do this over a couple of days in order to adequately cover the subject on an introductory level (note that tomorrow I’ll talk more about men called to singleness or who struggle to [Read More...]

Real Life Sanctification: The Century-Old Dilemma of Guys and Sports

As I said a few days ago, I think that when we’re talking about sanctification, the progressive growth in grace of the Christian, we need to start with the deeper, higher truths and then carefully but energetically proceed to the workings of everyday life. After all, it is in the cracks of life, the details, [Read More...]

Wimps, Goofballs, and Thugs: Deconstructing Contemporary Masculine Stereotypes with Salvo Magazine

Note: this piece is cross-posted today at CBMW’s GenderBlog. A recent Salvo Magazine piece by S. T. Karnick, “Girly Men: The Media’s Attack on Masculinity“, lays out three stereotypical masculine images found in contemporary culture. Here’s Karnick’s distillation of the roles currently available to men in American society: “(T)he war against boys seems to have [Read More...]

The Week-est Link, March 28. 2008: Blogging Tournaments, Disney World, Blog Gems, and Violence

1. Whew. It’s been quite a week here at consumed. This little blog has seen a relative avalanche of comments due to some controverted content. I’m really thankful for those who have weighed in, and it was interesting to hear another side of the Billy Wolfe saga. Thanks again to everyone who wrote in. I [Read More...]

Further Thoughts on Guys, Fighting, and Needless Violence

There have been some great comments on recent posts. Thanks to all who have written in with thoughtful things to say. Even when folks have disagreed with me, they’ve been charitable and reasonable. I’ll focus today on how Christians might understand needless violence. With pursuits like football, or backyard boxing, or karate, how are we [Read More...]

The Sad Tale Of Eliot Spitzer, and What it Tells Us (and What it Doesn’t)

Eliot Spitzer, the governor of New York, has resigned after it became public that he had hired prostitutes through a “high-end clientele” business. The story is sordid, and very sad for the people whom Mr. Spitzer has let down. This would include, significantly, his wife, and, not insignificantly, the state of New York. In looking [Read More...]


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