Ed's Note | Normalising varied masculinities
That we have been in a global masculinity crisis for the longest time shouldn’t be in dispute. The only haggle would be how this crisis presents and when one explores this a bit deeper, it is clear we in fact face multiple, diametrically opposed crises. I will deal with just two.
“Crisis” number one comes armed with loud laments about the “emasculation” of men — a purported wholesale “feminisation” and subjugation of an otherwise still globally dominant gender. If you weren’t paying close attention to the obvious lie in this narrative of tortured masculinity, you would believe that “wokeness” (I share your eyeroll) had caused a worldwide decline in the ability of “manly men” to watch, in peace, MMA fighters pommelling each other while body shaming the “ring girls” and engaging in online GBV what-about-ism, after watching the latest well-articulated but otherwise absurd rant from Jordan Peterson. This crisis does not exist. The truth is that men can and still do all these things and more — from the mundane to the vile — the only difference being the network of people and organisations providing counter-narratives to this version of masculinity.
This is the version with zero complexity, one that renders men one-dimensional, unable to morph into the varied incarnations we always could before we got in our own way several generations ago. The real crisis, of course, is behind door number two.