Is Masculinity in Crisis?
Thursday 16th May 2013
According to Labour MP and Shadow Health Minister, Diane Abbott MP, the male of the species is in crisis, buckling under the pressure of modern day life and uber educated, high flying, career women. Men now rely on “Viagra, Jack Daniels and various forms of violent and pornographic escapism” to keep it all together.
A myriad of issues are affecting the performance of boys from as early in life as their infant, primary and secondary school years. Even young intelligent boys are falling way behind without a trace at school. They are not being pushed to reach their full potential and often lack people in their home or school lives who will inspire them to do better. As a terrible consequence, as adults they are inevitably going to economically lag behind when it comes to making an honest living and being able to support themselves and provide for their families.
All this primarily, but not exclusively, some would argue is as a direct consequence of the feminisation of education which far, far too many boys just don’t take seriously due to the near total absence of male teachers in primary and secondary schools.
The dire fall out of this is there for all to see in society today. Have women taken on the role of men, whilst focusing on their high flying careers to the detriment of boys and the family unit?
Do boys in one parent situations, feel the need to go out and support their mother’s instead of carrying on their education? Can some of this be attributed to lack of male influences and mentors from infancy age for boys? Does Diane Abbott have a point and if so what do you see as the solution to the so called crisis of masculinity?
Diane Abbott MP was delivering a speech to mark the DEMOS think tank’s 20th anniversary.
Responses to Diane’s speech were given by:
Geoff Dench author of The Place of Men: Changing family culture in Britain ; Eleanor Mills Associate Editor of the Sunday Times; Harriet Sergeant author of Among the Hoods: My years with a teenage gang and David Goodhart Director of Demos (Chair)
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17th May 2013