Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. GQ’s “New Masculinity”…Isn’t Masculine.

 

Some posts really don’t need a lot of text when images tell the story.

and from May of this year:

…and the old masculinity. I guess I’m old fashioned when it comes to men’s fashions.

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  1. Western Chauvinist Member

    It may be male, but they don’t tell us which species, and it’s hard to tell by that get-up. Homoblimpian?

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    • October 15, 2019, at 6:43 PM PST
    • 16 likes
  2. Blondie Thatcher

    Love the collage of the real men. Does it mean I’m old if I can name them all?

    • #2
    • October 15, 2019, at 6:46 PM PST
    • 16 likes
  3. James Gawron Thatcher

    Brian,

    With this exciting new trend and the amazing new fad of prepubescent gender alteration, we should really launch a new phrase that expresses the zeitgeist of the times.

    THE NEW MUTILATION

    Regards,

    Jim

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    • October 15, 2019, at 6:46 PM PST
    • 7 likes
  4. Stina Inactive

    Are they trying to be unattractive?

    Is there something in the water that women want to reproduce with such androgyny?

    This must be why highly educated and wealthy people don’t have kids. All the men are gay and all the women find their men unappealing.

    At least the plumber looks like a man.

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    • October 15, 2019, at 6:51 PM PST
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  5. Kozak Member

    GQ would be the last place I would go to find out about masculinity. I’d go to “Lesbian Butch Dog Owners Magazine” first.

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    • October 15, 2019, at 6:54 PM PST
    • 30 likes
  6. 9thDistrictNeighbor Member

    Blondie (View Comment):

    Love the collage of the real men. Does it mean I’m old if I can name them all?

    Top row, left to right: William Powell, Errol Flynn (2x) Clark Gable.

    Middle row: Clark Gable.

    Bottom row: Robert Taylor, Cary Grant (3x).

     

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    • October 15, 2019, at 7:22 PM PST
    • 7 likes
  7. Brian Watt Member
    Brian Watt Post author

    9thDistrictNeighbor (View Comment):

    Blondie (View Comment):

    Love the collage of the real men. Does it mean I’m old if I can name them all?

    Top row, left to right: William Powell, Errol Flynn (2x) Clark Gable.

    Middle row: Clark Gable.

    Bottom row: Robert Taylor, Cary Grant (3x).

     

    Not Robert Taylor. Gary Cooper.

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    • October 15, 2019, at 7:26 PM PST
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  8. MichaelKennedy Coolidge

    Who was the last heterosexual to subscribe to GQ? Or read it ?

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    • October 15, 2019, at 7:42 PM PST
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  9. 9thDistrictNeighbor Member

    Brian Watt (View Comment):
    Not Robert Taylor. Gary Cooper.

    Very young Gary Cooper, then. He is forever frozen for me as Lou Gehrig. 

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    • October 15, 2019, at 7:56 PM PST
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  10. ShaunaHunt Member

    That thing he’s wearing looks like a sleeping bag turned octopus with the zipper side down! (Of course, that’s an insult to both sleeping bag and octopus.) ;)

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    • October 15, 2019, at 8:12 PM PST
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  11. CJ Coolidge
    CJ

    I would bet money this is another CIA put-on.

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    • October 15, 2019, at 8:15 PM PST
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  12. Doctor Robert Member

    Please tell me he’s not barefooted.

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    • October 15, 2019, at 9:08 PM PST
    • 4 likes
  13. Gary Robbins Reagan

    Kozak (View Comment):

    GQ would be the last place I would go to find out about masculinity. I’d go to “Lesbian Butch Dog Owners Magazine” first.

    You have a flair for words! A simple “like” was not enough for me.

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    • October 15, 2019, at 9:08 PM PST
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  14. Stina Inactive

    I think Harry Stiles landed the lead in Starz’ Camelot. My husband and I couldn’t find his appeal – and the internet gushing about him was so weird. I kept thinking no wonder Guin went with Lancelot.

    We watched a few episodes before quitting because nothing about Harry screams King Arthur, unless you are trying to undermine one of the greatest Anglo myths ever.

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    • October 15, 2019, at 9:10 PM PST
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  15. Randy Webster Member

    9thDistrictNeighbor (View Comment):
    Very young Gary Cooper, then. He is forever frozen for me as Lou Gehrig. 

    Sgt. York.

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    • October 15, 2019, at 9:23 PM PST
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  16. Locke On Member

    Somewhere a Bed Bath & Beyond is missing a bed quilt.

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    • October 15, 2019, at 9:28 PM PST
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  17. James Lileks Contributor

    From Rod Dreher’s piece in American Conservative on the GQ issue:

    Above, the icon of GQ‘s New Masculinity: an androgynous-looking pop star who wears a sleeping bag, and who looks like the winner of Miss Transgender Cabela’s 2019. The new issue has a piece featuring 18 “Voices of the New Masculinity.” They are, in order of appearance:

    A gay male comedian

    A female-to-male transgender

    A gender nonbinary female who uses the pronoun “they”

    A female feminist activist

    A female sculptor whose work explores “hypermasculine spaces,” or what she calls “a club I can’t be part of”

    A female activist who founded the #MeToo movement

    A lesbian photographer “whose work ranges from fine art to editorial to advertising while flipping gendered scripts—of assertive women, queer and transgender models, and androgynous boys.”

    A female cultural anthropologist who advocates for intersex athletes

    An NBA star

    A female “musher” (dogsled racer) who is partnered with a female-to-male transgender

    Gay filmmaker John Waters

    A male Muslim podcaster

    A black married couple — male and female — who hang out at a strip club

    A male poet

    A lesbian comedian “who’s taking on toxic masculinity”

    Magic Johnson’s gay son who promotes men wearing cosmetics and female clothing

    So, of the 18 figures that GQ identifies as defining “the new masculinity,” there are perhaps four who are heterosexual men — about 20 percent. Eight are biological females who identify as females, one is a female-to-male transgender, and one is a biological female who identifies as nonbinary. That is to say, ten of the 18 are not heterosexual men — this, in a country in which 97 percent of males identify as heterosexual. 

    At least John Waters has classic old Hollywood style. 

    The “new masculinity,” it seems, has one simple definition: whatever the old masculinity wasn’t.

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    • October 15, 2019, at 9:52 PM PST
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  18. TBA Coolidge
    TBA

    Doctor Robert (View Comment):

    Please tell me he’s not barefooted.

    It’s enough of a tent that he might be pregnant as well. 

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    • October 15, 2019, at 9:59 PM PST
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  19. Jon1979 Lincoln

    TBA (View Comment):

    Doctor Robert (View Comment):

    Please tell me he’s not barefooted.

    It’s enough of a tent that he might be pregnant as well.

    Take away the neck hole and give him a tennis racquet, and it’s the blancmange of outer space from “Monty Python’s Flying Circus”

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    • October 15, 2019, at 11:14 PM PST
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  20. Arahant Member

    Don’t let them troll you, Bro.

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    • October 16, 2019, at 3:43 AM PST
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  21. She Thatcher
    She

    Well, at least if he (?) is so unfortunate as ever to fall out of an airplane at a great height, he’ll float safely to earth.

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    • October 16, 2019, at 4:25 AM PST
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  22. Kozak Member

    James Lileks (View Comment):

    From Rod Dreher’s piece in American Conservative on the GQ issue:

    Above, the icon of GQ‘s New Masculinity: an androgynous-looking pop star who wears a sleeping bag, and who looks like the winner of Miss Transgender Cabela’s 2019. The new issue has a piece featuring 18 “Voices of the New Masculinity.” They are, in order of appearance:

    A gay male comedian

    A female-to-male transgender

    A gender nonbinary female who uses the pronoun “they”

    A female feminist activist

    A female sculptor whose work explores “hypermasculine spaces,” or what she calls “a club I can’t be part of”

    A female activist who founded the #MeToo movement

    A lesbian photographer “whose work ranges from fine art to editorial to advertising while flipping gendered scripts—of assertive women, queer and transgender models, and androgynous boys.”

    A female cultural anthropologist who advocates for intersex athletes

    An NBA star

    A female “musher” (dogsled racer) who is partnered with a female-to-male transgender

    Gay filmmaker John Waters

    A male Muslim podcaster

    A black married couple — male and female — who hang out at a strip club

    A male poet

    A lesbian comedian “who’s taking on toxic masculinity”

    Magic Johnson’s gay son who promotes men wearing cosmetics and female clothing

    So just your typical Middle America Flyover Country folk right?

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    • October 16, 2019, at 5:32 AM PST
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  23. Paul Erickson Member

    This reminded me of “New Coke.” (For those too young to remember…) We can hope that this will likewise be rolled back.

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    • October 16, 2019, at 5:39 AM PST
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  24. Jerry Giordano (Arizona Patrio… Member

    There is a certain strange logic behind this progression.

    The 2nd wave feminists in the 1960s rejected femininity, specifically by rejecting marriage and motherhood. They wanted to be like men. There is some logic to this, also, as women are quite vulnerable physically, emotionally, and financially.

    The problem is that women who want to act as men don’t generally compete effectively with men. They can level the playing field by emasculating the men. The silly effeminate dress is just a symbol of the feminist attack on masculine strength, competence, and virtue.

    This has been going on for decades.

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    • October 16, 2019, at 5:51 AM PST
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  25. Michael Brehm Member

    In about a year’s time, GQ will either shutter the doors of its Manhattan office after publishing their final issue, or –more likely– become an online-only publication relying on freelance contributors (most of the salaried staff will have been laid off in the intervening months).

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    • October 16, 2019, at 5:55 AM PST
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  26. Jimmy Carter Member

    It’s a beautiful thing, the destruction of words.

    There ain’t nothing “masculine” about those pictures. It’s evidence of the the lefts’ war on words to mold Life into their convoluted ideas.

    The revolution will be complete when the language is perfect. 

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    • October 16, 2019, at 5:56 AM PST
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  27. Front Seat Cat Member

    There was a Martha Stewart issue that came out once where after the Thanksgiving turkey was eaten, she scraped the insides clean, spray painted it silver and used it as a Christmas card holder – it was a spoof issue. Please tell me that GQ was a spoof issue…..

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    • October 16, 2019, at 6:01 AM PST
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  28. Doug Watt Member

    The only unisex fashion statement that I approve of.

     

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    • October 16, 2019, at 7:06 AM PST
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  29. DrewInWisconsin, Type Monkey Member

    Western Chauvinist (View Comment):

    It may be male, but they don’t tell us which species, and it’s hard to tell by that get-up. Homoblimpian?

    I burst out laughing at that. Thank you.

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    • October 16, 2019, at 7:10 AM PST
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  30. Stina Inactive

    Paul Erickson (View Comment):

    This reminded me of “New Coke.” (For those too young to remember…) We can hope that this will likewise be rolled back.

    Lol… this had a spotlight in the most recent of Stranger Things.

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    • October 16, 2019, at 7:18 AM PST
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