What a Bunch of Boobs: Playboy Now Publishes Articles About Toxic Masculinity

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By William Hicks | 9:27 pm, March 12, 2017

There was a time when Playboy magazine was all about beautiful women, scotch drinking and pushing the boundaries of sexual taboo. Then they lost the nudes, and then they brought nudes back.

In the process of trying to adapt to the modern media landscape, Playboy has unfortunately taken a page from the Salon/Huffpo playbook with a rant about “toxic masculinity” in pop culture.

On Saturday, ‘Ed Sheeran Has a Toxic Masculinity Problem‘ hit the Playboy website. The author, Chloe Stillwell, projects onto Sheeran everything that is wrong with insecure guys who now have a bit of power. Her proof is a few lyrics which he trashed ex-girlfriends and tidbits from interviews over the years.

We’ve all met an Ed Sheeran type. He’s the kid in middle school who you knew would snap if the teacher chastised him in class. He’s the guy at the office who sends emails that start, “To clarify…” He’s the guy who sells you pot and then asks to smoke it with you. He’s this guy.

Yes, Ed Sheeran is that kind of guy, and all grown up and famous now, he’s proving that success and wealth can’t fix a deeply broken ego. Consider his current press tour for his latest album, funnily enough titled Divide, released last week. The whole horse-and-pony show has been a raging mess of toxic masculinity—and his hit songs always have been too.

Toxic masculinity is a term originating from college gender-study departments as a way for feminists to explain why men are dominant aggressive and emotionally distant. It has come to describe anything shitty men do that people don’t like. The fact that the term has trickled all the way down to Playboy is a grim sign we will never be able to escape this gender-studies jargon, even in the back pages of our nudie mags.

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