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As much as society would like to peg woman as a leading cause for "de-masculization" it seems that more and more its the realization of young men that the roles society has determined for them are not as glamourous as Hollywood makes them out to be. Why is it that stoic is the best attribute to...

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            Fitting in is a key desire for most people today, however it appears that there is an extra pressure on men to conform to certain ideals in order to be accepted by their peers and ultimately fit in. When these ideals are not met in the desirable fashion they are often victim of severe...

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The article “Is Everyone a Little Bit Racist?” by Nicholas Kristof on the New York Times website from August 27, 2014 explains how young African-American males are the subjects of racism and stereotyping by society as a whole. This problem is largely caused by those who do not think of themselves...

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         The article “The One Place in Canada Where Racism is Still Tolerated: Native Reserves” by Jonathan Kay, printed in the National Post on September 22, 2014, reports how the Mohawk Council of Kahnawake continues to enforce a law that forbids mixed-race couples from living within the borders...

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            On 28 of January 2012, the New York Times published the opinion-based article "Ritalin Gone Wrong" by L. Alan Sroufe. Even though he does not cite his sources, this professor emeritus of psychology at the University of Minnesota's Institute of Child Development did argued a valuable...

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Ethics Short Paper – Capital Punishment             In the article from October 2002, “Florida Execution of Aileen Wuornos: Another Morbid Media Spectacle”, by Kate Randall, the matter of capital punishment is covered in great detail. This article reports the case of Aileen Wuornos, a former...

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In Nigeria, a new law was passed on January 7, 2014 stating that “a person who registers, operates or participates in gay clubs, societies or organizations, or directly or indirectly makes public show of same sex amorous relationship in Nigeria commits an offense and is liable on conviction to a...

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  Technology is today part of almost every aspect of a person’s life, it is used to communicate, to travel, to work and is now used in many schools for educational purposes. Information technology is the analysis and the use of systems like computer programs and telecommunications for storing,...

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September 16, 2014
                When I was a kid I never really had a favourite colour, and I still don't. However I do remember this one time I was in first grade, the teacher had the class do a poll on which colour was better than others. Each child could only vote once. At that time if I had to choose a...

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  “Oh sweetie, you aren’t a size 5? We don’t carry this dress in anything smaller than a size 5, sorry.” And all the size 0 employees giggle as her size 14 figure walks out because she just doesn’t fit in. Literally.  Somehow we, as a society, thinks this is ok, we seem to think that judging a...

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            The article “It Has Been 47 Years since This couple Helped Redefine Marriage” by Emily Thomas in the Huffington Post from June 12th, 2014 discusses an early case of interracial marriage between whites and blacks. People should not be restricted to who they can love based on race or color but how they personally feel about the person. The article examines a couple in 1958 that fell in love in Virginia but the problem was Mildred Jeter was a black women and Richard Loving was a white man.

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Nowadays, when we think of the word "injustices", we mostly tend to think about racial minorities, women and non-heterosexuals. However, the very last thing that comes to mind is the ones aimed directly towards men. Why wouldn't it be, they are the privileged sex after all, are they not? Unfortunately the vast majority of us think men don't have to deal with any discriminatory issues because they have all the power and respect in our society . But let's not be blind before this unthought about and overlooked issue.

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Hey there,   my name is Philipp and I'm studying political science and sociology in Potsdam. I suppose i gotta intruduce myself a little bit more so here it goes. I like sports (tennis, football (you might call it soccer), skiing), i play the bass and i like to read a lot. Furthermore dancing is quite amusing as well as culture in general. Well, that's pretty much it. If you feel the urge to know more about me feel free to ask. Cheers,   Philipp

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The article “Racist signs are popping up all over Saguenay, Quebec” by Stephanie Mercier Voyer in VICE news from August 7th, 2014 explains how the small town of Saguenay has grown to be increasingly racist. It explains the presents of racist stickers appearing around Chicoutimi that were given out by the Federation des Quebecois de Souche. The FQS stated that their main reason for doing this was because they believed that the presence of these religious groups it has impacted Quebec’s most valuable institutions. The campaign mentioned the restriction made on halal and kosher foods.

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Since time itself, men have been wired to behave a certain way. We see it all the time, the strong heroic type being praised for being so tough and manly. Never showing emotion, never backing down from a fight; he is glorified. Now, on the other hand, we have the sweet and sensitive type of man who is ridiculed for being the way he is. All of these stereotypes of how a man should behave fit into something called the “Man Box”. On the outside of the box however, we find the rejects. The men who know it’s okay to shed a tear once in a while, who know women aren’t just sex objects.

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In masculinity there is a concept called the ‘‘Man Box’’. Inside this box there are some particular words for how a man should act and some expectations or role that constitute conventional masculinity. For example the words Strong, Tough, Hard or Intimidating are in this box. But let’s not forget that outside this box there are some bad words that a man can be called if he does not respect the principle of this box. For example if a man is not acting like a man, based on the society he is in, he will be called a Pussy, a Faggot or even a Bitch.

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Whether one accepts it or not, men seek attention by putting themselves in situations involving violence, fights, verbal and/or physical abuse. Why? There is no reason a lot of the time. I am a witness to countless fights over the pettiest issues, involving my friends and a few times, me as well.

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When a boy was born, he was taught to “be a man”.  Every man learns since they were kids how to be a real man. They were taught about “the man box”: rules that our society create to show how men are supposed to be. These rules give men the mentality and the behaviors of how they supposed to act in the society. If they’re not behaving like the image that “the man box” has created, people will end up calling them: pussy, weak, gay, etc. So if they don’t want the society to judge them, especially women, they have to act like a man, like how the box shows them to.

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