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Evaluate the view that masculinity is in crisis in the UK today

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Evaluate the view that masculinity is in crisis in the UK today Today men and masculinities are talked about as problematic. Frequent questions that are asked are: What is a man? How do men maintain power? Is there a crisis in masculinity? What is the future of men? Before World War 2, there were separate roles for a man and a woman in a marriage. The husband was the provider, earning the money, while the wife took care of the family. Patriarchy made sure men were considered more important and powerful than women. Employment was the main source of identity for men and back then a job was for life, which created security. During the War, women were recruited into employment, which they were unable to do before. When the War ended, women wanted to be able to choose to work. This invaded the strongholds of masculinity. It wasn't until the 1970's that women began to make significant advancement into past male dominated jobs. Feminism saw male patriarchy as fundamentally unjust and called for changes in the way we live, and with the rise of the ...read more.

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More and more boys seem to grow up without a male role model in their lives. Charles Murray had blamed single mothers for causing underclass male criminals. He condemned mothers for allegedly purging fathers from the family. Murray suggested that young men were essentially barbarian who would be civilised by marriage. But capitalism and economic restructuring over the 20 years have encouraged the levels of crime and violence which have risen dramatically. Today the media would have us believe that men are being undermined by women becoming more powerful. The media has also bombarded us with evidence of how badly off males are: in their health status, in their emotional lives and in their educational achievements. It also carries simplistic scare stories of men losing rights, that this is political madness gone mad. A moral panic of masculinity being in crisis had been created by the media. Men seem to be the talk of political, academic and policy debates, but in the past there were also debates about men only today it has become more explicit, more gendered and more critical. ...read more.

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Unemployment also seems to be the main cause of men committing serious offences as well as high rates of suicide. However, whatever the insecurities of men all over the world, they still have greater access to cultural status, political authority, corporate power, individual wealth and material comforts, this secures the hierchical structuring of gender through relations of dominance. Masculinity has been symbolically equal to power. The roles at home for male and female remain largely unchanged. Women still do the housework and childcare even when both parents are employed or if the woman works and the man are unemployed. Is masculinity in crisis? I believe there is more to the crisis that could ever be explained by the rise of women's movement or the choices of economic independence for women. It seems that men feel women have many more options than they do now, for women there are many identities, but for men they believe theses options are limited. I think maybe men need support just like women had, in times that are forever changing. Then maybe men could start to have a feeling of belonging and finding a new identity that is comfortable with their masculinity. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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