Everyone’s talking about masculinity right now. From #MeToo to #NeverAgain, from pop culture to politics, questions about what masculinity means — and how it affects us — are everywhere. What are the roots of masculinity? How does it shape individuals and cultures? How is it changing across generations? We’re especially curious about the relationship between masculinity and our inner worlds. So, for the next issue of Anxy, we’re looking at how masculinity relates to mental health.
Masculinity has many faces, and we’re interested in all of them. Regardless of gender or culture, it influences the way we think about ourselves…
What are boundaries? How do boundaries shift over time? By culture? When we talk about self-care, identity, place? There are an infinite number of boundaries in our world that go beyond just the physical and into the personal, social, creative, emotional, and more.
Our creation of –and adherence to–boundaries shapes our lives. They sculpt our identities and enrich our inner worlds. How do we navigate nebulous boundaries? The ones we cross without even knowing it — briefly or thoroughly, with strangers or friends? Boundaries inform all our relationships, and our sense of self. Some free us personally, while others constrict…
By Crystal Sykes
I remember the time I let my rabbit play in the backyard. I figured the droppings would fare well as fertilizer for our nonexistent lawn, but while my boyfriend stood at the door, watching her little outside adventure, I racked and silently prayed a rare Bay Area vulture would swoop down, capture my bunny and fly away with her, never to be seen again.
I was 10 years old, standing in my grandmother’s basement, when I was forced to face a reality that my developing mind was not yet equipped to understand.
There before me was a shattered mirror covered with heroin residue. My grandmother and uncle broke the news to me: The mirror belonged to my father.