Masculinity needs rethinking but is it in crisis? Is it toxic?

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Can a new men’s movement bring a positive shift?

“One is not born, but rather becomes a woman” wrote Simone de Beauvoir. She might as well have said the same for men. “It is civilisation as a whole that produces such a creature.” And forces him into a ruinous pursuit of power. Compared with women, men are almost everywhere more exposed to alcoholism, drug addiction, serious accidents and cardiovascular disease; they have significantly lower life expectancies and are more likely to kill themselves. The first victims of the quest for a mythical male potency are arguably men themselves, whether in school playgrounds, offices, prisons or battlefields.

‘There’s a narrative that masculinity is fundamentally toxic’ https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/mar/09/men-after-metoo-masculinity-fundamentally-toxic?CMP=share_btn_tw

“One is not born, but rather becomes a woman” wrote Simone de Beauvoir. She might as well have said the same for men. “It is civilisation as a whole that produces such a creature.” And forces him into a ruinous pursuit of power. Compared with women, men are almost everywhere more exposed to alcoholism, drug addiction, serious accidents and cardiovascular disease; they have significantly lower life expectancies and are more likely to kill themselves. The first victims of the quest for a mythical male potency are arguably men themselves, whether in school playgrounds, offices, prisons or battlefields.

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/mar/17/the-crisis-in-modern-masculinity

Barry Allard