Toxic Masculinity brings together scholars across disciplines to explore the ways in which toxic masculinity is constructed, configured and represented online.

What is "toxic masculinity"? Examining what it means in the media and public discourse, the contributors have explored a constellation of behaviours, cultures and practices that have been labelled as (or associated with) toxic masculinity including those of politicians, extremists, incels, as well as individual "ordinary" men and their everyday behaviours. Topics covered in the collection include incels and Men Going Their Own Way (MGTOW), bro culture, sexual violence, internalised homophobia, transphobia, white masculinity and political discourse.

Toxic Masculinity is intended for a broad spectrum of gender, media, cultural and masculinity studies professionals, academics, researchers and students. The book also includes suggestions for further reading, a discussion of methods used in each chapter and contextual prefaces to make connections between critical questions and cases.

chapter |7 pages

Toxic masculinity

An introduction

chapter 3|18 pages

Between involuntary celibacy and incel

Outlining a worldview

chapter 5|15 pages

Not just a prank

Toxic masculinity and prank culture

chapter 6|23 pages

Ink not mink

Discourses of masculinity in animal rights campaigns

chapter 7|19 pages

Internalised homophobia or externalised transphobia

Violence against trans women in a sexual or romantic context

chapter 8|20 pages

Men know, women listen

Mansplaining, manspreading and other malestream stories

chapter 9|17 pages

Representing Shitty Media Men and casting couch culture

Film and television's fictional reckoning with #MeToo, sexual harassment and assault

chapter 10|17 pages

Trump's last gasp

Melodrama, toxic dramaturgy and zombie masculinity