This issue of masculinity is extremely important because so many of our public policies, and social mores, depend on how much we are ready and willing to redefine a new masculinity that will be appropriate for the contemporary times and into the future.
Even in this blog, I have forever been talking about it. There is a thread of "save the males," for instance. Right? Or, consider that just a couple of months ago, I quoted the following:
Succeeding in the new economy and culture may well require rethinking conventional ideas about masculinity.Which is why I find nothing new when I read in the NY Times:
Much of men’s resistance to pink-collar jobs is tied up in the culture of masculinity, say people who study the issue. Women are assumed to be empathetic and caring; men are supposed to be strong, tough and able to support a family.
“Traditional masculinity is standing in the way of working-class men’s employment, and I think it’s a problem,” said Andrew Cherlin, a sociologist and public policy professor at Johns Hopkins and author of “Labor’s Love Lost: The Rise and Fall of the Working-Class Family in America.”
“We have a cultural lag where our views of masculinity have not caught up to the change in the job market,” he said.
Seriously, tell me something that I have not been saying for years now!
One solution is for the men who have lost jobs in factories to become health aides. But while more than a fifth of American men aren’t working, they aren’t running to these new service-sector jobs. Why? They require very different skills, and pay a lot less.
They’re also seen as women’s work, which has always been devalued in the American labor market. ...
“It’s not that they couldn’t become a health worker, it’s that people have backward views of what their identity is.”
Unfortunate that quite a few men (and women) are holding on to some outdated definitions of "real men."
It’s no surprise, then, that Donald J. Trump appealed to men who feel this way — not just his promises to bring back factory jobs, but also his machismo.If only many more had understood that masculinity does not mean grabbing pussies!