2 November 2016

I have news. Only in the fullness of time will it become apparent if it is good news or bad news. I am leaving CALM and Year of the Male. I have been volunteering here for just over three years however a recent exacerbation of my chronic shoulder pain was a reminder that my current job is unsustainable. So I’m leaving the entirely sustainable volunteering that I enjoy with the hopes that it that the additional free time will help me sort myself out. So today I’m going to be self-indulgent and look back at the things I’ve written about for Year of the Male.

26 October 2016

This week has seen the historic happened. Dead gay and bisexual men who have been convicted of now abolished sexual offences will receive a pardon and those still alive will now get one granted automatically if they apply for it. Currently this only applies to those from England and

19 October 2016

In the modern age we have more ways to look at ourselves than ever before. Mirrors are everywhere and the selfie is so popular that it got its own stick. At the same time pictures of other people, people paid to look good, are everywhere and often digitally enhanced. To live in the now is to have your body constantly compared to the impossible as perfect humans sell us everything from gym

5 October 2016

Every now and then you have to admit that you are wrong. For me today is one of those days. Recently Lad Bible, known to me as a provider of annoying videos on Facebook, launched a campaign called “U OK M8?” I blocked Lad Bible from appearing on my Facebook wall years ago and with titles like that I wasn’t exactly excited by the campaign or even willing to give it the time of day. As it turns out it is a campaign that is not only worth my time but one that we should all check out.

28 September 2016

Testosterone: the male hormone (that women also have) has been doing the rounds in the news of late. According to some doctors it is

21 September 2016

Words are fine things. Through them we can tell each other about almost anything. From explaining rocket science to describing that cool thing you saw on the bus on Tuesday. Words and their flexibility might just be the thing that separates us from the other apes but words can be a double edged sword.  It is the word Manxiety that has caused controversy and brought on these philosophical rambling.

14 September 2016

The number of male prisoners that have been transferred to hospital under the Mental Health Act has risen 20% between 2011 and 2014. At the same time the number of male offends sent to hospital first rather than prison fell 25%. This is according to Ministry of Justice figures obtained by a

7 September 2016

It doesn’t feel too long ago we wrote about a report produced by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) entitled “Violence against Women and Girls Crime Report”.  It was an odd thing to write about on a site that is about men and it would be odder still if we wrote about it twice but

24 August 2016

Back in May Healthwatch Blackburn and Darwen published their Blokes Views report. We missed it and so it seems did everyone else. Until last week, that is, when it was picked up by the Men’s Health Forum. The report spoke with “hard to reach” men to find out about

17 August 2016

In Britain today the maximum penalty for possessing a class A drug for personal use is 7 years in prison and a fine. For an addict that is 7 years in prison because a chemical has changed brain so you need it just to feel normal. We treat addicts as criminals who, through a lack of willpower, have made a mess of themselves and become reprobates. The truth

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