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By Anonym 14 Sep

Stephen Marche

One thing you can say about Trump is that he is not a traditional patriarch. He has a wife who's not even in the White House. And you could say the same of Duterte in the Philippines and of Putin. They're parodies of masculinity. They're hyper-masculine, but they're also totally unsure of their masculinity, and they parade it around.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Stephen Marche

The easier sex gets, the less intimate every sexual act gets. In the Victorian period, a kiss was like a f - k. And now, you know, when actual sexual acts become so easy, their intimacy declines and their meaning declines.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Stephen Marche

To me, there's two definitions of feminism. One is that you believe that women are equal human beings; that's not really a philosophy, it's just obvious. And the other is that you're actually fighting for women: you're promoting women and working towards the betterment of women.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Stephen Marche

We have never been more detached from one another, or lonelier. In a world consumed by ever more novel modes of socializing, we have less and less actual society. We live in an accelerating contradiction: The more connected we become, the lonelier we are.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Stephen Marche

Almost all the voices in history have been men, but on this one question of gender, men don't talk about it. This has nothing to do with women; it has to do with men.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Stephen Marche

Whenever I read a book about a marriage, I always feel I'm being lied to.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Stephen Marche

When you look at how men and women are living together, there are two processes at work. One, women are rising in the middle class; their earning potential is rising compared to men. It has been underway for 100 years, and nothing is going to stop it. On the other hand, women are denied iconic positions of power - equity partnerships law firms, Hollywood salaries.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Stephen Marche

In economies in which women work, men and women in relationships make about the same amount of money, or women make more. Women are 40 percent of breadwinners in America, and that number's been rising.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Stephen Marche

Look at the fact Donald Trump cannot tie a tie. My father took me aside and taught me how to do this when I was eight. He can't shake hands. These are the basic building blocks of traditional masculine style, and he's a parody of it.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Stephen Marche

Look at The Iliad, there's all this stuff about men loving children. The King of Sparta was the most brutal warrior of ancient Greece, and the only thing he liked to do was horse around with kids when he was back from slaughtering. One thing that feminism revealed is that being a distant patriarchal figure was not something men wanted to be. They want to be more involved in the lives of their children, and you can see that once they're allowed to have that connection, they crave it.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Stephen Marche

One [paradox] is that pornography follows in that wake of women's liberation. The first instances of hard-core pornography were in late 18th-century in France, "the Golden Age of Women." The next wave in the 20th century comes from Sweden, one of the first countries where women voted. Then Germany, again, at the forefront of progress. Then America in the '80s, when women were closing the pay gap. And Japan, same thing.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Stephen Marche

The problem with the way we discuss gender is that it tends to be "Let's sympathize with women" or "Let's sympathize with men.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Stephen Marche

Only idiots or snobs ever really thought less of 'genre books' of course. There are stupid books and there are smart books. There are well-written books and badly written books. There are fun books and boring books. All of these distinctions are vastly more important than the distinction between the literary and the non-literary.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Stephen Marche

The economy is changing everything. And men need to deal with that. Our response to it has been rage, stupidity and conscious avoidance of dealing with what the reality of being a man might be outside of empty concepts from ancient history.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Stephen Marche

Men are losing power in their daily lives, but manliness is still iconic of power. This creates incredible turbulence around masculinity and incredible confusion around gender norms that's only going to accelerate.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Stephen Marche

We're in Trump times - we're in the time this misogynist hate clown is the leader of the free world, and when Putin has made abusing your wife legal, and transgender bathrooms have just been disallowed in school. There are all these political setbacks. And there's no question that those setbacks are very real and need to be treated as civil-rights issues.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Stephen Marche

The more money women make, the less violence, the less sexual crimes against women. Everything horrific and misogynistic declines. But then what you're dealing with here is "What does it mean to be in love with people who are your equals?" And that's a very beautiful thing that we should cherish, but it's also incredibly tough in some ways.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Stephen Marche

You have two things happening: You have the cultural and economic reality of men falling apart and traditional masculinity falling apart.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Stephen Marche

As you get closer to equality, you get more pornography. True patriarchal societies like Saudi Arabia do not allow pornography because women are not allowed to turn their bodies into a commodity; women are chattel.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Stephen Marche

The first things that babies can notice is sex; the first thing that you can tell about a person when you see them walking down the street is their gender.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Stephen Marche

When you look at the biggest study of the American dream, the number-one correlate for upward mobility is having two parents in a home. It doesn't matter if they're male or female.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Stephen Marche

Men are enforced into a kind of silence about their gender; they're supposed to not think of it as a performance. That's the definition of manliness - that it's not a performance; it's being yourself, authentic. Whereas women have understood gender as performance. Men have not yet made that quantum leap, or rather they're making it in many ways, they're not thinking about it.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Stephen Marche

Men talk about masculinity through sports and clothes. They don't talk about gender, they talk about LeBron James and whether it's okay to wear lipstick and eyeliner. They're not getting to the question at hand, which is, "What does it mean to be a man when the traditional values of masculinity are eroding incredibly rapidly?'

By Anonym 15 Sep

Stephen Marche

Toronto may be the only city where novels are integral to high art, the alternative scene and mainstream culture all at the same time.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Stephen Marche

I don't really mind it when Trudeau calls himself a feminist because, you know, he did the half-female cabinet; that's something to be proud of. On the other hand, when you look at that recent Russian spousal abuse law or attacks on abortion in the U.S, you have to say that's a human rights issue, and feminism is just human rights.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Stephen Marche

Marriage is this black box which is the key to all social and political problems; the family is the unit.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Stephen Marche

I'd never call myself a feminist, and that the world doesn't need male feminists.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Stephen Marche

Men's gender problems cause them a lot of suffering. There is a massive spiking suicide rate in middle age for men and a cultural attitude to male friendship that is destructive.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Stephen Marche

What we're seeing now is not just a backlash against feminism. When you look at guys like [Jesse] Helms in the '80s or even Reagan and Bush, there was a real political backlash against feminism. This is different. This is a parodic recreation of the destruction of traditional masculinity. Look at these hollow men. Look at Steve Bannon who wears sweat pants, who doesn't shave. Or Yiannopoulos who is just a clown. This is toxic masculinity. It's new. To see it as a return to the past is a mistake. It's the breakdown of traditional masculinity, rather than its retrenchment.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Stephen Marche

When you ask single men in their 20s, "Do you want children?" they want children more than women do. Again, economics drive this. If you're a 29-year-old woman, having a baby is going to seriously blow up your career. If you're a 29-year-old man, it isn't.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Stephen Marche

Actually the family is still the core social unit. Culturally, traditional masculinity was a removed father. That was a false conception of masculinity and the proper relationship between a man and his children.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Stephen Marche

The division [between how much housework men and women do] is declining across all advanced economies - not for the reasons that people want, which is men are doing more, but because women are doing less of it, but even then, the trend is getting towards equality.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Stephen Marche

Marriage is not one point of view: it's a constant back and forth over different perspectives - a healthy marriage, anyway.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Stephen Marche

Culture is always the echo of economic realities; that's what Marx teaches. Feminism is a clear example of that.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Stephen Marche

Men are not taking women's job, which are good jobs. Being a nurse is an excellent job.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Stephen Marche

Women become breadwinners, men become caregivers. That's the birth of intimate marriage.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Stephen Marche

The research points pretty clearly to the rise of companionate marriage, and I just think it's going to keep being popular, for the very simple reason that it's basically the only way to afford a family life in the 21st-century in advanced economies. It's one of the major reasons for the spike in income inequality. Surgeons used to marry their secretaries. Now they marry other surgeons.