Is Masculinity in Crisis?

Is Masculinity in Crisis?

Demos,

Central London,

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)

©Tiemo Talk of the Town

17th May 2013

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6 Responses to Is Masculinity in Crisis?

  1. pauline says:

    Interesting. 

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  3. Karl Murray says:

    Once more this tripe of ‘feminisation’ leading to the ’emasculation’ of boys/men is being peddled. Yes, there is (and have always been) a strong female teaching workforce, especially at the primary phase. This impacts no more on black boys than it does on other races, as men, in all cultures, are seen as bread winners and hunter gathers. Not a great deal has changed through the ages.

    As a researcher I have come across a myriad of statistics that show under-employment of black men as well as the vast array of positive scenarios where black men excel and succeed. There is a need to balance out some of these arguments and the race industry has now latched onto this notion of a compensatory narrative around feminisation resulting, negatively, into the need to ‘over compensate’ as a man resulting in criminal behaviour. In the words of the likes of Tony Sewell, Martin Glynn and Ray Lewis, to name but a few more prominent speakers on this theory (for that is what it is) they have become over masculinised.

    What’s the solution? This depends on the question, which in my view is not ‘masculinity in crisis’ but what do we, as a society, expect from men and women; from families; from our education system and so on. As a by-the-by, what the headline statistics also indicate is that there are more male senior managers/directors!

    • Tiemo says:

      Thanks for your comments Karl. I don’t think it is tripe at all. The statistics are crystal clear re boys falling behind academically over the past decade or so. Has male behaviour worsened? Probably. I don’t have the stats to be definitive, but it’s certainly without a doubt predominantly men committing violent crime and suffering more from the recession than women and there is doubtless a causal link between these facts.

      I’m not sure why you even make the last point. Even if true it doesn’t reflect the trend over the past decade or so for far greater numbers and percentages of women being employed in managerial roles compared to men. Current statistics indicate women in their 20’s and 30s out earn their male peers. So when Diane Abbott says this is in part due to the decline in manufacturing industries and the failure to find manual work for those men who traditionally would have done such work based on their physical and academic capabilities, she is right.

  4. Tony says:

    With great eagerness I arrived to hear what Ms Abbot had to say about masculinity. Ms Abbot is notorious for publicising herself with non issues, who really cares about what is happening about masculinity when we are in the middle of a global recession, when many families are fighting for survival, masculinity in the household won’t be the first topic on many families mind.

    Ms Abbot took to the stage and spoke at length, in her usual pompous condescending manner, she gave reasons, coments and conclusions but no facts or data to support her conclusions. A sandwich without no filling came to mind.

    But why is she bringing this to our attention, Ms Abbot isn’t one to have male friends or help educate and advance the male species but I felt it was more of the destruction of masculity by feminising the issue.

    Men should be men stronge and reliable and women should be women warm dependable, is there anything wrong with that???

    In conclusion Ms Abbot lacklustre performance only gave rise to the notion that she really didn’t know what she was talking about, to be honest I still am not sure whether it was male masculinity she spoke about or her own masculinity.

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