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Through Paul Hogan and Crocodile Dundee we can learn a lot about the enduring myth of the Aussie Bloke. Paramount

Paul Hogan and the myth of the white Aussie bloke

The mythical Australian bloke is white, straight, and able-bodied – he's Crocodile Dundee. But where does this legend come from, and what is his future?
By working in roles that are typically viewed as being more appropriate for women, men can break down the notions that foster gender inequalities. Shutterstock

Why having both male and female teachers is a good idea for schools

South Africa has a low number of male teachers in the foundation phase. Why this must change.
Ballet should not need to be linked to narrow male stereotypes to appeal to boys. Pictured: UK company BalletBoyz. AAP Image/Sydney Opera House, Michele Mossop

Boys dance too - and in Japan they are celebrated

While male dancers in the US and Australia seek to combat bullying with #boysdancetoo, Japanese culture accepts and embraces male ballet dancing.
The relationship between guns and masculinity was once sanctioned by governments and businesses, making it entrenched and difficult to challenge. Kyle Johnson/Unsplash

Canada once sold the idea that guns turned boys into men

The relationship between guns and masculinity was once sanctioned by governments and businesses, making it entrenched and difficult to challenge.
A closer look at men in South Africa reveals a very complicated picture. Shutterstock

Men and HIV: how poverty, violence and inequality play a part

Poverty, traumatic experiences, and gender inequalities, directly increased HIV-risk behaviours such as having unprotected sex and having multiple sexual partners.
Matt ‘Airistotle’ Burns performs during the 2017 Air Guitar World Championships in Finland. Eeva Rihel/Lehtikuva via AP

How air guitar became a serious sport

An ethnomusicologist traces the origins of the practice, from early 20th century 'air conductors' to Joe Cocker's air riffing at Woodstock to the rise of international competitions.
Leonardo da Vinci, Study of Two Warriors Heads for the Battle of Anghiari, c. 1504-5. Black chalk or charcoal, some traces of red chalk on paper. Google Art Project. Wikimedia Commons.

How Leonardo da Vinci made a living from killing machines

Leonardo's professional life reveals his genius for creating technologies of destruction.
The Sharks’ Ben Barba (centre) was sacked by his club after allegations he assaulted his partner. AAP/Dan Himbrechts

Rugby league may finally have reached its tipping point on player behaviour and violence

NRL's culture was once one of hyper-masculinity, but it has failed to change wth societal mores – it now finds itself out of step and in need of reform.
1899 lithograph of white minstrel performer Carroll Johnson depicted in blackface, right. Library of Congress

Why blackface?

The public was shocked by the blackface image on Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam's yearbook page. But if blackface is now taboo, there was a time when it played a big role in American culture.
There are many genes involved in shaping not just our biological sex, but also our gender identity. Limor Zellermayer/Unsplash

How genes and evolution shape gender – and transgender – identity

It's not about trauma or how you were raised: evidence now points to a biological basis for transgender, and to the action of particular genes in that determination.

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