Hi Greg, Thanks for your comments. To clarify, I have written extensively about the plural, masculinities, as a way of acknowledging the vast spectrum of masculinities that make up what we collectively call manhood. In this article, I am commenting specifically on masculinity extremists, a weaponized subset of masculine culture. Additionally, I do not address the man box in my work, I speak and write about man box *culture,* which is the very real dominance based culture of masculinity which pressures boys and men to deny the vast range of masculinities they represent and conform to a limited performance of what is sometimes called traditional masculinity.
Research by Promundo as well as by researchers like Professor Niobe Way, author of Deep Secrets, and Judy Chu, author of When Boys Become Boys, confirms the very real cultural pressure to conform to a version of masculinity that leads directly to boys' and men's crisis of connection. If the concept of the man box makes you cringe because it seems to imply a critique of a monolithinc masculinity, rest assured my work locates the man box in our culture, not our gender.