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What is toxic masculinity? It generally means men behaving badly. Matheus Ferrero/Unsplash

Stop scolding men for being ‘toxic’

Many hate the fight against toxic masculinity because they don’t want to let go of male identity altogether. They don’t have to. They just have to let go of the bad parts.
In this file photo, cognitive scientist and psychologist Steven Pinker addresses the Origins Symposium at Arizona State University on April 6, 2009 in Tempe, AZ. Shutterstock

‘Enlightenment Now’ rationalizes the violence of empire

Steven Pinker’s latest work disturbingly casts aside the violent exploits and mechanistic logic of Eurocentric “progress.”
An anti-Gaddafi fighter holds human remains from a mass grave. Despite this, overall violence among humans has been dropping. AAP/Mohamed Messara

The world has never been as safe and peaceful as it is now

Hard though it may be to believe, there has been a long-term, very significant decline in all kinds of violence around the world. In his most recent book, The Better Angels of Our Nature, Harvard evolutionary…

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