Sunday 22 April 2018

Can we really make a different kind of man?

Beneath the chaos, a new masculinity is being born, and not a second too soon, writes author and psychologist Steve Biddulph

Each culture passes on its ideal of manhood, but that can quickly fall out of sync with the needs of the time and place. We are at such a time now. Stock image
Each culture passes on its ideal of manhood, but that can quickly fall out of sync with the needs of the time and place. We are at such a time now. Stock image

Steve Biddulph

Even in our globalised times, you still see it. Different parts of the world create different kinds of man. Londoners are different to Dubliners. A Senegalese is not like a Canadian, and even within a country or a city there are clear and distinct kinds of male - the corporate, the artistic, the nurturing, the dangerous.

We can call these "masculinities" - acknowledging that beyond individual variations there are also package deals in how to walk inside a male skin.

Each culture passes on its ideal of manhood, but that can quickly fall out of sync with the needs of the time and place. We are at such a time now.

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