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The evolution of macho

From the elk-hunting UFC commentator to the Navy Seal turned ultra-runner, a cohort of men have gained a global cult following as alpha influencers. However, these next-gen 'manly men' also have a sensitive side that's helping to redefine traditional notions of masculinity

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Podcaster and UFC commentator Joe Rogan. Photo by Mike Roach

Podcaster and UFC commentator Joe Rogan. Photo by Mike Roach

Podcaster and UFC commentator Joe Rogan. Photo by Mike Roach

When Donald Trump was elected President of the United States in 2016, to many he represented everything that was wrong with male culture; a painfully dated, misogynistic way of looking at the world and, in particular, women. There was an almost immediate push-back against this form of toxic masculinity and then, in time, a reckoning of sorts when the MeToo hashtag - sparked by the equally toxic Harvey Weinstein - turned into a movement.

"Since 2016 the world was overshadowed with a depiction of hyper-masculinity due to the leader of the free world who was almost a caricature definition of all that was wrong with patriarchy and white male privilege," says chartered psychologist Louize Carroll. "On the other hand, we have seen significant progress in our thinking in terms of the dismantling of gender-based roles and identities in direct opposition to such old-school patriarchy. Such a societal shift has the capacity to both free and frighten."


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