Since we launched insideMAN in the Summer of 2014, the subject of men and war has been a theme we’ve touched upon on many occasions. As today marks the 100th anniversary of the the Battle of the Somme, we decided it would be a good opportunity to re-post a series of our articles about men and war.
1. Why Kitchener’s finger gives me the arsehole
Dan Bell’s insightful critique of the famous Lord Kitchener poster—Your Country Needs You—is one of our most popular posts, you can read it here.
2. Do I look like I’m ready for war
To help us think about the experience of teenage boys going to war, we asked a 17 year old Josh O’ Brien to give us his views on conscription, you can see his video here.
3. Gaza: Why does it concern us more when women and children die?
In July, Glen Poole asked: “if 80% of people killed in the Gaza airstrikes are male, why is no-one talking about gender”. You can read the article today here.
4. So why are men disposable?
In a follow up to our Gaza article, reader Darren Ball asked “why are men disposable”. To find out what he said read his article here.
5. Who wants to hear about the psychological damage that war does to men?
Mike Payne, who supports men living with the wounds of armed conflict, gave us a personal insight into the damage that war does to men. You can read what he shared with us here.
6. This is what war is still doing to young men (and why you don’t know about it) [GRAPHIC IMAGES]
Wounded soldiers are not allowed to speak to the press unless given permission by their chain of command. Find out what Dan Bell saw when he visited a military rehabilitation centre in this article here.
7. Why did so many men volunteer to fight in 1914
Historian Toby Thacker explains why so may young men volunteered to fight in World War 1. Read what he had to say about this here.
8. Yoga helps veterans with post traumatic stress disorder
Flora Lisica of The Conversation reveals how researchers are finding that yoga is helping men affected by war to overcome post-traumatic stress disorder. You can find out more about this research in this article.
9. Do men start wars?
If you’re trying to make sense of gender and war then try Glen Poole’s philosophical piece, Do men start wars?
10. Why are some young men drawn to terrorism
As we tried to make sense of why some young British men are drawn to violent terrorism, this article from David Plummer of Griffith University in Australia helped shape our thinking. You can read David’s article here.
11. He refused to fight: the bravery and brutality of being a conscientious objector
Read about the “The White Feather Diaries” project that serialises the diaries of conscientious objectors who faced the shame of refusing to fight in World War 1 here.
12. How the local media shame male readers into fighting in WW1
As part of our ongoing conversation about the “shaming” of men into war, we take at look at the role that local newspapers played in this process in World War 1 in this article here.
13. Why does Sky’s comedy series Chickens think it’s funny to humiliate men who didn’t fight in WW1?
Another popular piece questioning our modern views on conscientious objection as depicted in Sky’s TV comedy “Chickens”, which you read about here.
14. 100 years after WW1 the UK still sends teenage boys to fight its wars
In 1914 the official age for joining the army was 18, though boys as young as 12 were sent to war. Today the UK is the only country in the EU that recruits boys aged 16 as this article revealed.
15. This Remembrance Day, remember men aren’t to blame for war
What do you remember on Remembrance Sunday? Glen Poole says he counts his blessing that he wasn’t born a man at a time of conscription. Find out why here.
YOU CAN SEE ALL OF OUR ARTICLES ON MEN AND WAR BY FOLLOWING THE MEN AND WAR TAG.