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Some of the first words that we hear after emerging from the womb are “It’s a girl!” or “It’s a boy!” This inevitably leads to blue or pink blankets, bibs, nursery rooms. But what does the assignment of a male gender mean? 40 or 50 years ago, the answer was much simpler; it meant dominance, strength and power. Now, the definition has changed to mean much more. We live in a time where equality on all levels is the new frontier to be reached, specifically gender equality. This progression toward equality spits out different versions of masculinity, and caught in the crossfire are young boys. Stony Brook has begun to explore this progression with the new introduction of the Center for Men and Masculinities, which now offers students a masters degree in masculinities studies. Markus Gerke, a doctoral student in the masculinities department, explained that there are so many different…

New York Fashion Week wrapped up a little while ago so I decided to evaluate some of the street style shots of the folks lurking outside of the latest fashion shows. In case you’re not too privy to the street style game, it’s a trend that picked up in popularity a few years ago.  Photographers snap photos of fashion insiders, celebrities and designers during Fashion Weeks but it gives you a more personal look into emerging trends. It might sound meaningless but everything important I learned about clothes and styling came from looking at photos of people who dress so damn well they happen to break every sartorial rule known to man.  I’m personally kind of tired of writing about the pretentious “runway shows” and “the new theme of the collection.”  It gets kind of repetitive and I know my job mainly consists of keeping things fresh while writing about…

As I choked on my first bite of a Snickers bar and looked around for someone to help me inside the Psych A building, I realized I was going to die alone. Even though I managed to perform the Heimlich maneuver on myself, the thought of dying alone forced me to reassess my life; I was bro-less despite attending Stony Brook University for nearly two years. Unfortunately for me and my fellow men, we tend to have fewer friends and intimate friendships with each other than women do according to a 2000 study by the University of Missouri, but this lack of male friendship has not gone unnoticed. In order to help bros find other bros, many apps have come along to help the bro-less. The latest of these innovators is WolfPack, a location-based app that takes your interests into account and finds other bros in your area with the…

As young women all across New York City prep for a Saturday evening out on the town, Taylor Davidson is discussing the gaping hole in her hockey skate with her male hockey team. The 29-year-old brunette from Kentucky grew up with gender normalcies that surround being a woman playing a male dominated sport. Disrespect from her team was not present whatsoever among the stench of old sweat and rubber. Those they play against differ in comparison. “More often than not I’m treated like a normal player out there,” said Davidson. “But you definitely get the guys who target you because you’re female.” Davidson said the aggressive types aren’t the only ones that treat her special. “You also get the guys who, I don’t know, you hit them in front of the net and they won’t touch you,” said Davidson. “You’re still a lady in their eyes.” Danielle Eberhart sympathized with…