Monday, April 21, 2014

Talking 'Bout Masculinity

We need to talk about masculinity--The Guardian

This article acknowledges the implications of a patriarchal and masculine culture from a male perspective. Although it is easy to analyze disparities created by patriarchy and masculinity from a female perspective, understanding that men are negatively affected by these constraints is of equal importance. The author asks questions like "who asked men and boys if they actually wanted to be breadwinners?" and "when will society be willing to let go of the old 'breadwinner' model of masculinity?" Although men may benefit from patriarchy and masculinity as interlocking systems, everyone has something to be gained from putting challenging gendered stereotypes. This issue that is largely emphasized in third wave feminism and is one of many reasons feminism is not only a women's issue--everyone has something gain from its goals.

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