From the grime MC to the model: five men on what masculinity means to them

Musician D Double E, broadcaster Jon Snow, reality star Jack Fowler and others reveal the influences that shaped them My dads given me everything from my calmness to facial expressions: Double E, 39, musician In my head, Im not masculine because Im not big, and Im not physically strong. But Im powerful as a man in my own way because I know what I want and I know how I want to be. Im a lot like my dad, I dress like my dad, we walk the same, I think hes given me everything from my calmness to facial expressions. He was everything I am, just not an artist. He was famous in the end, had the deepest swagger, 20 …

The Gendered Brain by Gina Rippon review exposing a myth

Lego or dolls, sport or chatting are male and female brains different? Not unless we make them so You might recognise Gina Rippon as the expert from BBC2s No More Boys and Girls a series which showed that, by the age of seven, girls hugely underestimate their own abilities, boys often dont have the words to describe their feelings and that these trends can be reversed by removing the gender cues that surround children. For Rippon, gender stereotypes are neither innate nor inevitable, and reports of biological sex differences in the brain are not to be relied on. As a professor of cognitive neuroimaging, she is qualified to explain why. In the 1890s, the French psychologist Gustave Le Bon pronounced …

Spandex snobbery smackdown: why the liberal elite snubs wrestling

The sport has drama, showmanship, and gender equality as the film Fighting With My Family proves. Yet, because its working class, its marginalised, writes director Stephen Merchant In 2014, after years of struggle, a working-class British woman, aged just 21, was awarded the highest honour her profession can bestow, live, in front of 20,000 people and a television audience of millions. The Guardian didnt report it. In the days following, there were no laudatory profiles, no in-depth interviews, no op-eds about her stratospheric success in a male-dominated world. Saraya-Jade Bevis, known professionally as Paige, is a World Wrestling Entertainment superstar. She began her career wrestling with her family in small venues across Norfolk, before climbing to the top of WWE, …

Andr Previn, the classical maestro who knew the value of pop culture | Petroc Trelawny

His charismatic TV appearances won the conductor huge fame and introduced millions to Mozart and Grieg In 1977, Andr Previn was so famous that he had his own chatshow on BBC1. In one episode, wearing an expensive-looking brown suede safari jacket with big collar, and clutching his oversize glasses in his hands, he introduces the studio audience to Jonathan Miller. They discuss Millers new production of The Merchant of Venice, the director going on to predict the slow disintegration of English theatre. Its a real spirit-of-the-age moment. There is no apology for the elevated tone of their conversation; the format is simple two cultural polymaths ruminating on the arts on primetime television. Television was a medium that the conductor understood …