Wednesday, 16 February 2011

American Masculinity

Psychology Today's article by Ray B Williams presents the American Male Crisis, or the male crisis that many western countries are experiencing. Williams draws from the under-achievement of boys in school and the change in expectations of role of the husband. On average, women read more than men, do better in school and only make up 40% of University applicants across America, Canada and Australia. With a female dominated education system it leaves men out of education and often out of work. The workforce as a whole is 50/50 between men and women according to Williams. This, he feels has repressed men in the 21st Century.

However, is this a negative statistic? Girls do well in schools, therefore earning their place in Universities rather than being born into the right gender for higher education. Women still do not have equal pay in the workplace and often still experience the glass ceiling. Which is something difficult to perceive in the modern world.

Williams feels that, "In a post-modern world lacking clear-cut borders and distinctions, it has been difficult to know what it means to be a man and even harder to feel good about being one." Gender roles still have some truth, and for many men, being the provider is still a very important role, many would feel de-masculated if their wives earned more or 'kept them'. Although many are happy to earn an equal amount and most families today find it a necessity to both work and contribute to house payments and bills. There are not many working adults who could afford to run a family home alone. So does it really matter if he has to change a few nappies or feed babies as well as have a career?

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