A Crisis of Modern Masculinity?

This week we start our cross-general conversation discussing the way ‘masculinity’ has been changing over time. We engage with the tension around what men ‘should’ and ‘shouldn’t be’, and spend some time discussing different role models to different generations. What do you think constitutes the ‘modern’ man?

This is a hugely complex topic, and we have only scratched the surface of it. Please forgive any points that seem like they needed further elaboration.

Some of our academic resources/further reading include:

Giazitzoglu, A. (2019). This Sporting Life : The intersection of hegemonic masculinities, space and emotions among rugby players. Gender, Work & Organization, 27(1), 67-81. https://doi.org/10.1111/gwao.12367

Jordan, A., & Chandler, A. (2018). Crisis, what crisis? A feminist analysis of discourse on masculinities and suicide. Journal Of Gender Studies, 28(4), 462-474. https://doi.org/10.1080/09589236.2018.1510306

Kyler-Yano, J., & Mankowski, E. (2021). What does it mean to be a real man? Asian American college men’s masculinity ideology, Psychology of Men & Masculinities, 21(4), 643–654

Phillips, D. (2006). Masculinity, Male Development, Gender, And Identity: Modern And Postmodern Meanings. Issues In Mental Health Nursing, 27(4), 403-423. https://doi.org/10.1080/01612840600569666

Thompson, E., Webster, B., Stanley, J., & Levant, R. (2021). Measurement Invariance by Age Group for the Aging Men’s Masculinity Ideologies Inventory, The Journal of men’s studies, 28(3), pp.301–317.

Thomson, K. (2020). By the light of the corona (virus): revealing hegemonic masculinity and the double bind for men in responding to crises. Health Sociology Review, 29(2), 149-157. https://doi.org/10.1080/14461242.2020.1784773