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Values are key to a nation’s success and the happiness of its citizens. Those associated with femininity, in particular, make for a happier country. (Shutterstock)

A recipe for a successful nation

What makes for a thriving nation and happy citizens? Values. A nation's institutions need people with supporting underlying values to perform at their best.
US President Donald Trump signs the presidential decree banning the funding of international NGOs supporting abortion. Saul Loeb/AFP

Gender and climate change: pictures that speak for themselves

In public events Donald Trump has displayed the traits of a dominant masculinity. Yet the American president's policies represent an anthropological and ecological model that's outdated.
Hugh Hefner, founder of Playboy magazine, has died age 91. EPA/DAL ZENNARO

Hugh Hefner, Playboy, and being a man during the Cold War

Hugh Hefner, founder of Playboy magazine, has died age 91. While many have pointed to Playboy's problematic relationship with women, when it first appeared in 1953 the magazine was a challenge to Cold War men.
Some gay gang members are open about their sexuality, but others remain in the closet, fearing they could endanger themselves or the status of their gang. Devin/Pexels

What it’s like to be gay and in a gang

A sociologist spent two years interviewing gay gang members. While some were in the closet and others were openly gay, all were forced to reckon with an environment of hypermasculinity.
Men who had to take responsibility for younger siblings growing up were not concerned about conforming to dominant ideas about manhood. shutterstock

New research pokes holes in the idea that men don’t look after their kids

About 60% of children in South Africa under 10 years don't live with their biological fathers. But research sheds light on those who despite the pressures remain involved in their children’s lives.
Jay Z, Beyoncé and daughter Blue Ivy sit court side at a basketball game in New Orleans in Feb. 2017. Jay Z opened up about his relationship with Beyoncé on his new album, “4:44.” (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Hip-hop’s vulnerable moment: Jay-Z sets his emotions free

In 4:44, his 13th album, Jay-z gets confessional and socio-political, challenging traditional notions of Black male bravado and masculinity.
Risk-taking was the only gender norm in the study associated with both positive and negative mental health outcomes. from shutterstock.com

Men who want power over women likely to have poorer mental health: study

Men who see themselves as playboys, and as having power over women, are more prone to poor mental health than those who conform less to traditionally masculine norms, according to a new study.

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