“I’m not really that concerned about what men are wearing on a daily basis,” says Chris Stirewalt, a senior editor at The New Yorker who has covered everything from the 2012 Boston Marathon bombings to the 2015 Orlando nightclub shooting.
“I think a lot of the stuff that’s coming out of the entertainment world is actually the opposite of what’s going on with men.
You’ve got this constant stream of dudes dressed as women, but it’s really just dudes dressed like women.”
StireWalt and other industry experts agree that the rise of the men’s rights movement has only exacerbated the problem.
“What’s interesting to me is that men’s issues is now being talked about by women, and the people that are talking about them are all women,” Stiret says.
“And women have to be the focus.
And I don’t think it’s just a gender thing.
I think it is a gender issue.”
For a while, the men who came to Stire-Walt’s attention were the same men who had been shouting down his attempts to write about feminism.
“Men have been fighting this battle for decades,” he says.
At the time, he says, his focus was on how to make men’s voices heard on a more mainstream level.
“When I was first doing the cover story, I was a man,” Stireswalt recalls.
“If I had a woman on my cover, it would’ve been called the ‘sex-positive’ cover.”
And then there was the ‘bromance’ article.
In the late 1990s, Stirewatel was working as an assistant managing editor at Time magazine, where he wrote about the intersection of fashion and politics.
He and his editor, Sarah Denton, were looking for a woman who could represent the movement as a whole.
“At the time,” he recalls, “the term ‘bronze blonde’ was just being thrown around a lot.
I said, ‘You know what?
I don`t want to use that word anymore.'”
He was asked to cover a fashion show at New York Fashion Week in 2000.
“The only thing that comes to mind is an actor,” Stairswalt says.
But Stireswall didn’t want to be an actor; he wanted to be on a magazine cover.
“They said, `You`re the only woman on the cover of Time,'” he recalls.
But the magazine refused to fire him. “
“I thought that was really bizarre,” he adds.
And so, after several months of deliberation, he decided to get his act together. “
It was an interesting story,” Stiring says.
And so, after several months of deliberation, he decided to get his act together.
He asked a bunch of fashion designers to submit a series of articles that would discuss the “Bromance” issue.
One of the first was written by one of the designers, Kristin Scott.
The other was written and produced by a woman.
“In hindsight, I think Kristin and I are kind of the two most powerful people in the magazine,” St. James says.
St.ireswal says that his editors were more than happy to let Scott take the lead.
“Kristin has really done a phenomenal job in writing this piece,” he remembers.
“So much so that when I wrote it, I thought, `I don’t want my name associated with it.'”
But, St. Willis says, he had no intention of putting it on the magazine’s cover.
Instead, he wanted the women in the article to write a separate piece about their own personal experiences of dating and relationships, which he thought would be a more powerful way of showing the “bromances” and “bonding” that the magazine was trying to sell.
“You know, I knew it would get rejected, and I knew that there would be some backlash from some of the people who are really big in the industry, but I was just like, `Okay, fine.
This is what I’m going to do.
I’m not going to be caught dead saying that.'”
The magazine’s decision to allow the women to write the article was also an acknowledgement of their own privilege.
“We wanted to get the word out, to put out this message that there is a real need to be able to speak out on the issue of feminism,” St James says, “because there are so many issues in our society that we’re talking about, and it’s time for all of us to come together and start addressing the issues.”
“We’ve seen a rise in a number of issues related to masculinity, from bullying to sexual assault,” says Kristin, who is now in her early 40s.
“That’s just not acceptable.”
St James explains that in the early 2000s, he was a young man in the men`s rights movement who was attracted to women.