“Man Up!”: A look at the movement to restore conventional masculinity

A look at the movement to restore conventional masculinity

He believes men would benefit physically and emotionally if they took on more traditional parental duties. This is becoming a reality thanks to government policy in many areas of the world.


The example is that “what happened first in the Scandinavian countries — and then was adopted in Quebec were initiatives to encourage fathers to take parental leave actively.”


Kaufman states, “Men who spend time on designated paternity leave live longer and have fewer mental health issues than men who do not take paternity leave.”


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The writer and journalist Hassan Santur concur with you on this. His son Weheliye is now seven months old, and he and his wife take turns raising him. This is particularly difficult for Santur since he lost his father when he was four.


Santur reflects on parenting while he cares for his kid. So, if you don’t have one when you’re older, what happens?


The question on Santur’s mind is, “Can I protect my son without being overprotective, love him without suffocating him?”


The question, “How do I raise a good man?” is always on his mind.


This week on the show, we have:


Michael Kimmel has become a leading voice in discussing masculinity and men’s concerns. Manhood in America, Angry White Men, The Politics of Manhood, and The Gendered Society are his highly regarded books, along with the best-selling Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men. He founded the Centre for the Study of Men and Masculinities at Stony Brook University in 2013 with a grant from the MacArthur Foundation.



Anthony Rotundo is the Alfred E. Stearns History and Social Studies Lecturer at Phillips Academy Andover. His work is titled American Manhood: Shifts in Masculinity from the Age of Revolution to the Present.


Michael Kaufman, a lifetime activist, writer, and speaker whose work centres on masculinity and the empowerment of men, is the author of various volumes, including The Time Has Come: Why Men Must Join the Gender Equality Revolution.


Tanner Mirrlees is the dean of the Communication and Digital Media Studies undergraduate course and an associate professor at Ontario Tech University.


Jillian Sunderland is a Joseph-Armand Bombardier Doctoral scholar and a PhD candidate in the Department of Sociology at the University of Toronto. Her research on masculinities, power, and violence is framed through the prism of Canadian anti-black racism and settler colonialism.


Richard V. Reeves, the John C. and Nancy D. Whitehead Chair in Economic Studies at Brookings directs the Boys and Men Project and is a senior fellow. Boys and men, inequality, and social mobility are his research interests.



Hassan Ghedi Santur has done stints in journalism, editing, and writing. He has authored several novels, including Something Remains, The Youth of God, and Maps of Exile. His third manuscript is tentatively titled Imagined Lives.”These extreme masculine groups are the biggest threat to men,” one expert says.


What it means to be a guy in the twenty-first century is a hotly debated topic.


Some anxious men are reacting by reaffirming traditional notions of masculinity, especially in virtual communities.

The term “manosphere” was popularised in 2009 by a pornographer marketer to describe the online community of neo-nazis and anti-feminist males, including but not limited to incels (men who promote violence against women who refuse to date them) and MGOTW (males Going Their Way).


One commenter put it this way: “I think that what these far-right online influencers are doing is tapping into real lived and embodied psychological pain that men are feeling; however, rather than attempting to explain that pain about, say, the history of patriarchy, they will say that the reason you are in pain is because of women.” According to Tanner Mirrlees, an associate professor in the Department of Communication and Digital Media Studies at Ontario Tech University, “Women have gotten ahead, feminists and liberals and other sorts of bogeymen.”


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Extremely right-wing and sexist online communities have a say in the masculinity debate. Feminist social scientists argue that men who take an active role as fathers have a greater chance of developing into healthy individuals.


Global surveys show that dads involved in their children’s upbringing are less likely to use violence at home or in the broader community. Author and activist Michael Kaufman said, “Empathy is the key.”


According to research, children benefit academically and develop into more compassionate individuals when dads are actively engaged in their lives.


The condition of men is bleak.

The modern male plight helps put the ideological fight over masculinity into perspective.


Experts on male social dynamics report that men are suffering—from an astounding incidence of depression. Rates of substance abuse are also on the rise. Suicide is three times as common among men than among women. Michael Kimmel, a sociologist, says there’s enough data to support the conclusion that “men are not doing great.”


In the Western world, male participation in labour is much lower than female participation. The loss of manufacturing jobs may be traced to automation and the “China Shock” phenomenon.


“Whether it’s a wealthy businessman struggling in a global economy or whether a guy’s job has shipped overseas, the modern world has become difficult for men, culturally, mentally, and economically,” says masculinity expert Anthony Rotundo.


These themes were dramatised in the 1999 dystopian film Fight Club. Some young men in the video are unhappy with their life because they are stuck in a rut with their desk jobs, gym memberships, and IKEA catalogues. Victims of capitalism, they nonetheless compete for genuineness behind closed doors.


The young men Kimmel spoke to who frequented these clubs all said the same thing when he asked them why they went: “It was about getting struck.” The pursuit of a feeling was paramount.


The complaint in Fight Club is that your whole life will consist of confined spaces: your workplace, your home, and even your commute. You stop feeling anything when you’re around that person. It would help if you thought of Something. I expect pain as a result. Kimmel pleaded, “Punch me.


Even though Fight Club bombed at the box office when it first came out, it has become a cult classic with devoted followings on campuses throughout the United States.


Where does a guy even turn?

There is plenty of experts who claim to have a solution to the problems facing contemporary men. According to Canadian psychologist Jordan Peterson, the unfavourable stereotypes of males in today’s society are at least partially to blame for the masculinity crisis.


Men are seen as toxic and overbearing. If that’s the case, I don’t see the point in continuing to play. If I am not given credit for bearing responsibility, your life is meaningless and useless, and you are full of self-contempt and nihilism. Peterson said that “a man has to decide that he has to do something” on a deeper level in his Maps of Meaning lecture in 2017.


The director of the controversial video Misogyny in the Digital Age has received backlash for her claim that women are still being told to “shut up” and “go back to the kitchen.”

But what exactly is it that men need to decide? This problem has always existed.


When the industrial revolution reached urban areas in the late 1800s, men and boys were ostracised for showing signs of vulnerability, such as anxiety and depression.


A new masculinity crisis is emerging in our times. And the social sciences can’t agree on why, again.


Richard V. Reeves, a scholar at the Brookings Institute, expresses concern that modern men run the possibility of “cultural redundancy.” His book, “Of Boys and Men: Why Men are Struggling, Why It Matters, and What to Do About It,” addresses this issue.


Since men have yet to shift into increasingly female-dominated sectors like health and education, they find themselves stuck between the employment markets of their parents. The problem is that “they still haven’t figured out how to make that adjustment,” as Reeves put it.


“But it’s not clear what a lot of them are doing,” he adds, referring to men who have left the labour field but do not seem to have done so because they care for children.


Reeves doesn’t turn men into silent spectators. In his view, one answer is affirmative action schemes that encourage men to enter professions that women, such as teaching and nursing, have historically held. Because, as he says, “it is not that men have fewer opportunities,” further investigation into the factors underlying men’s underachievement is required. The issue is that nobody is interested in purchasing them.


Creating an epic centred around a saviour.

Some depressed guys find solace in becoming “keyboard warriors.” The University of Toronto PhD candidate Jillian Sunderland studies alt-right groups in cyberspace.


It’s easy to lose track of time on Twitter, chatting with others who share your interests. They’re taking part in a massive shift making headlines and getting people talking about what it means to be a man again from the ground up. As Sunderland put it, “Tucker Carlson has a video out called The End of Men in which he talks about the decline of masculinity.”


“He talks about how men have been taught to be kind of too feminine, too restrained, and he wants to be one of these vanguards who takes men back to their true masculinity, so it looks almost like a hero’s tale.”





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