Women, ‘Toxic Masculinity,’ and Gay Bars

Centuries before #MeToo, Pietro da Cartona depicted “toxic masculinity” in “The Rape of the Sabine Women”

What a difference two years can make. In May of 2014, I wrote the HuffPost essay “5 Simple Rules for Straight Women in Gay Bars.” I still stand by those guidelines, but thanks to an enlightening conversation in a straight-ish pub, I’m now relieved that, like gay men in big cities, women can…

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