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A beautifully designed magazine about our inner worlds. Our fourth issue explores masculinity—what it means and what it can become.
A beautifully designed magazine about our inner worlds. Our fourth issue explores masculinity—what it means and what it can become.
A beautifully designed magazine about our inner worlds. Our fourth issue explores masculinity—what it means and what it can become.
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Since our third successful Kickstarter campaign, we’ve been recognized as one of the top 100 organizations leading cultural change by YBCA, and nominated for five Stack Awards in 2018, including Magazine of the Year, and took home two Stack Awards in 2017—Launch of the Year and Subscribers’ Choice.

Now, we bring you our latest issue: 

Masculinity isn’t just about men. Masculinity is about everyone—our power, our vulnerability, our self-expression, and our state of mind. Some of us feel we were shaped by masculine norms that existed before we were born; others feel capable of shaping masculinity into an evolving identity. Masculinity influences the relationships we have with our friends, our families, our work—and our inner worlds. 

Whether we’re joining the #MeToo movement, or grieving the loss of a male friend to suicide, the influence of masculine norms can be painful and difficult. It’s time for a new conversation about masculinity—one that recognizes that all of us, regardless of gender, are affected. We have the opportunity and the responsibility to consider how we want masculinity to show up in our own lives, and how we want it to look for coming generations.

Our fourth issue explores the many shapes and shades of masculinity through Anxy’s celebrated mix of intimate personal essays, candid interviews, striking photo essays, art and design. 

Highlights include: Terry Crews interviewed by Carvell Wallace, with photography by Bethany Mollenkof; Alexis Madrigal on male self image in the age of social media; Karamo Brown interviewed by Johnetta Elzie, with photography by Aundre Larrow; Thor Benson on finding a role model in David Bowie; and our perceptions of masculinity as imagined by students from 826 Valencia.

This issue kicks off a series of profiles developed in collaboration with men's magazine MEL. "MEL x Anxy — Trajectories "—starring features writers C. Brian Smith, Hussein Kesvani and Eddie Kim—will offer a full and frank account of men’s inner lives and experiences to be continued at melmagazine.com.

 Plus photography and artwork from: Justin Wee, Petra Eriksson, Stacy Kranitz, Dadu Shin, Maria Medem, Kelly Bjork, Clara Vannucci, and more.

The team behind this issue includes:

Our dedicated Anxy staff, including founder Indhira Rojas; editor-in-chief Bobbie Johnson; director of photography Michelle Le; editors Madison Kahn, Katie MacBride, and Kati Krause; designers Alma Avila, Nicholas Law, and Alexandria Troup; operations team Rachel Gepner, Ian Sivertstol, and Jeannine Ventura; marketing team Sonja Kari Murphy and Megan Fradley-Smith; and mental health advisors Natasha Vianna, and Natalie Harvey, LMFT. Plus, some new folks, too: Sarah Rich, guest editor, is the Global Editorial Director at IDEO; Pendarvis Harshaw, contributing editor, is a columnist for KQED Arts.

With help from the following advisors: Judy Y. Chu, Ed.D. is Faculty in the Human Biology program at Stanford University; Michael C. Reichert, PhD runs The Center for the Study of Boys’ and Girls’ Lives; Joseph Derrick Nelson, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Educational Studies at Swarthmore College, and affiliated faculty with the Black Studies Program, and the Gender and Sexuality Studies Program; Ashanti Branch, M.Ed., is the Founder and the Executive Director of The Ever Forward Club; Ryan Fitzgibbon is the founder and creative director of Hello Mr.; Sam Dylan Finch is a leading advocate in LGBTQ+ mental health, and runs the blog Let’s Queer Things Up!

Thanks to the support of our backers and subscribers, Anxy's is now in over forty locations worldwide, including PS1 MOMA in New York and the TATE Modern in London. Our team has spoken at Creative Mornings, Backerkit, VSCO, AIGA, the International Journalism Festival, and Designers + Geeks. We’ve also been interviewed by Adobe 99u, It’s Nice That, San Francisco Chronicle, Fast Company and Nieman Lab.

Our previous issues on Anger, Workaholism, and Boundaries feature a mix of emerging and established contributors such as Ijeoma Oluo, Laurie Penny, Musa Okwonga, Adrienne Grunwald, Margaret Atwood, Ori Toor, Petra Eriksson, Pete Brook, Melissa Spitz, Neal Brennan, Amanda Rosenberg, Samantha Irby, Open Mike Eagle, Mike McKenney, Aundre Larrow, Daiana Ruiz, Kendrick Brinson, Merijn Hos, and many more. 

 What our readers are saying:

“No one talks about mental health as candidly.” 

“Anxy does more than just make you feel comfortable—it lets you know that everything you feel is real, no matter how ‘insane’ you may think you feel.” 

“A brilliant solution to destigmatizing mental health.” 

“Anxy is one of the most beautiful, and beautifully written, magazines I’ve come across in a while…it literally makes you want to pick up and confront the subject of mental health.” 

Kickstarter is our platform of choice.

Why another campaign you ask? Because printing and shipping take up over 60% of our budget each issue, and Kickstarter helps us secure funds up front while we grow organically with your support. This campaign will cover production costs—allowing us to focus on great content, increasing our contributor rates, and growing Anxy's reach.

We're exploring other strategies, too, and will update you on memberships, sponsorship opportunities and partner collaborations in the future.

Questions? We’ve answered a range of questions about the project in our FAQ. Go read!

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Video Credits

Creative Direction & Editing: Indhira Rojas, Anagraph
Script: Sonja Kari Murphy, Sarah De la Cruz, Bobbie Johnson
Voice: Jason E. Kerr

Risks and challenges

We've tried to make the risks for this project as small as possible. We’re experienced makers, and we ironed out a lot of kinks when we made the first two issues. Our biggest challenges are usually related to unforeseen printing or delivery hiccups, but we’ve been working closely with our vendors to improve the process this time around.

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    Anxy No. 4: The Masculinity Issue

    Be one of the very first to receive Anxy No. 4, featuring our signature mix of personal stories, photo essays, reporting and more.

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    Get a copy of Anxy No. 4: The Masculinity Issue wrapped up in a limited edition Hello Mr. tote.

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    New to Anxy? Add our previous issues No. 2 and No. 3 to your order—and we’ll throw in our Anxy Enamel Pin, too.

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    Spread the Anxy love to your whole office or organization! Get 10 copies of Anxy No. 4 to share with your team. This is a great opportunity for therapists, social workers, design studios, and mental health educators.

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    Wow, thank you! You’re truly a patron of the magazine. Get a copy of Anxy No. 4, plus your name on the Patrons page and website section of anxymag.com.

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    This option is great for brands who want to reach our smart, compassionate readers. We’ll prominently display your logo on the Patrons page of Anxy No. 4, and include a link to your company in the Patrons section of anxymag.com. If you're an individual, maybe you could donate on behalf of a non-profit of your choice. Let's talk.

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    This is our corporate-level patronage, aimed at companies who are a great fit with Anxy's creative, mindful readers. Your brand will get a full spread in the new issue, plus prominent placement on our website. This is a powerful way to broadcast your support for mental health to a compassionate community of writers, artists and professionals around the world.

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