Manliness in the Movies & on TV

Opening scene: Manly guy doing manly things. Women want to be with him, unmanly men want to be him. Eventually, unmanly guy tries to act manly. Hi-jinx ensue. Cut to action sequence. Manly guy dramatically gets girl, loses girl then gets her back while beating up, shooting and/or rescuing scores of people in the process. Credits roll. Extend that formula over multiple seasons for a TV show, make it 2-3 hours for a movie and there you have it… Meanwhile, you’ll find all our posts about men doing “manly” things in the movies or on television here.

Recent Articles

Pegging in Two Acts

in: Featured& Film & TV

In what must be a record for televised depictions of non-vanilla sex acts in a single season, two of my favorite shows, Broad City and Louie, both explored pegging recently. Pegging, for those who don't know, is (rather inelegantly) described by Wikipedia as; "...a sexual practice in which a woman performs anal sex on a man [...]

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Would You Rather: The Walking Dead Edition

in: Film & TV

I have a very important question to ask this week; If the characters in AMC's The Walking Dead were real, who would you rather have as a survival buddy during a zombie apocalypse; Tyreese Williams or Abraham Ford? In case you forgot who these characters are, Tyreese is a big black dude who travels with his sister (Sasha) and of late has [...]

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The Testosterone Injection That Could Ruin Orphan Black… And how to make sure it doesn’t

in: Film & TV

I wrote this piece for Apex Magazine, a monthly sci-fi, fantasy and horror magazine available in print and online. It's appearing today (August 5th, 2014) in Issue #63. Please feel free to read it here, order a copy of the magazine, or view it over on their website. Game of Thrones? Forget that... if you [...]

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The “Fat Girl Monologue” and Louis CK’s response in 5 crucial steps

in: Film & TV

Since it aired, the scene now known as the "Fat Girl Monologue" from FX's Louie has been praised as memorable, remarkable, epic and mesmerizing, brutally honest, brilliant and of course "a must watch." It also sparked some debate of course, but that's not surprising given its powerful statement on marginalization. But I'm not here to add [...]

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Son of Batman and other stories of female perpetration

in: Film & TV

The Rotten Tomatoes description for the latest Batman movie, Son of Batman reads like this: The Dark Knight discovers that he has a son with Talia al Ghul and that the young boy is driven by the same fiery vengeance as his crime-fighting father in this adaptation of the 2006 comic book arc by Grant Morrison. [...]

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