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"What lies ahead for boys and men, what are the implications of living in a gendered society where masculinity seems to encompass aggression and emotional inexpressiveness?"

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CLB369 Society and Environment Foundations "What lies ahead for boys and men, what are the implications of living in a gendered society where masculinity seems to encompass aggression and emotional inexpressiveness?" Analysis from a gender perspective Throughout history women have engaged in 'burning their bra's', battling for prerogative and constructing what we now recognise as a feminist perspective. Being a woman is now defined in various manners: the career woman, the sports woman, the mother and the liberated, candid feminist. These are all valid and valued roles within womanhood however, this raises countless queries of where our young men are headed in today's society. No longer are the dominant patriarchal men a custom to society and fathers are no longer a detrimental part of the family. Are the young chaps of the twenty first century lost, lacking identity and direction? Do they have a sense of masculinity to conform to? With statistics proving descending school achievement, increased suicide and deficiencies in role models our young men's futures can be considered a concern and a social issue. Throughout this essay the matter concerning young men and where they fit into society will be analysed and explored from a gender perspective. To facilitate this critique a gender perspective needs to be defined, Machel (2002: www.anc.org.za/ancdocs/discussion/gender.html) ...read more.

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However, a significant increase of women are now leading pathways in employment areas which is most likely due to societies encouraged depiction for females to be smart, career minded and independent. Therefore, our masculine young men no longer stand with expectations of being the bread winner and prior to this in schools masculinity does not embrace being studious well behaved or academic. When further analysing the role of masculinity in the men of today it becomes evident that there are several fundamental factors which are becoming absent within the family structure. Role models are imperative in developing concepts of masculinity and femininity in today's society. Loving yet firm role models for young boys are predominantly crucial as they later seem to avert from adult role models and have a propensity to look within the hierarchy of their own peer group. Data confirms the increasing number of boys living in situations of separation, divorce and single mother families Biddulph recognises, "Because of divorce and single motherhood, up to a third of boys have no father present at home" (1997:128). Attributable to the lacking amount of fathers within families, boys are growing up searching for role models in destructive paths. This can eventuate from misbehaviour in school to crime and further from this suicide, resulting in detrimental effects on their direction in life. ...read more.

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In Meadmore, D., Burnett, B. and O'Brien, P. (Eds.) Understanding education: Contexts and agendas for the new millennium. Sydney: Prentice Hall, (pp. 32-39). 5. Connell, R. W. (1995). Masculinities. St Leonards: Allen & Unwin. 6. Delbridge, A & Bernard, J. R. L (Eds.). (1994) The Compact Macquarie Dictionary. New South Wales: Macquarie Library. 7. Gilbert, R. & Gilbert, P. (1996) Gender Perspectives on society and environment. In Gilbert, R. (Eds.), Studying society and environment: a handbook for teachers (pp.168-185). South Melbourne: Macmillan Education. 8. Hartely, R. E. (1974) Sex-Role Pressures and the Socialization of the Male Child. In Pleck, J. H., & Sawyer, J (Eds.), Men and Masculinities (pp.7-13). New Jersey: Prentice Hall. 9. Lee, C. (1993) TALKING TOUGH: The fight for masculinity. London: Arrow Books. 10. Machel, S. (2002) The Need for a Gendered Perspective from the ANC and it Cadres. www.anc.org.za/ancdocs/discussion/gender.html (28/08/02). 11. Hartely, R. E. (1974) Sex-Role Pressures and the Socialization of the Male Child. In Pleck, J. H., & Sawyer, J (Eds.), Men and Masculinities (pp.7-13). New Jersey: Prentice Hall. 12. Rossi, T. C. (2002) "Father absence key to male masculinity crisis", Insight on the News, 18, June, 46-47. 13. Segal, L. (1990) SLOW MOTION Changing Masculinities, Changing Men. New Jersey: Rutgers University Press. 14. The Mid-Atlantic Equity Consortium. (2002) Adolescent Boys: Statistics and Trends. http://www.maec.org/boys.html (04/09/02). CLB369 Social and Environmental Foundations -1- ...read more.

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