He-Man and Battle Cat in Masters of the Universe: Revelation

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Ed Sheeran is the type of man who croons sweet songs to a lady lover until she shouts “Jesus Ed, I’m trying to sleep.” Photograph: Reuters/Hannah McKay

There has been a lot of talk recently about masculinity and male role models so I have decided to use recent news headlines to examine all seven kinds(...)

U2 performing at Croke Park in July. Brian Boyd’s report detailing the band was planning to breathe new life into their 1987 album The Joshua Tree was the fifth most read culture article on irishtimes.com. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

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