Gender 

The troubled man

It is not uncommon these days to hear about a crisis of masculinity. If you think, this only comes from reactionary misogynists committed to the defence of patriarchy then think again. There are plenty of voices from across the political spectrum who are deeply concerned with the state of modern man. The idea that men are somehow doing badly is a paradoxical one, as The Economist rightly, pointed out in an editorial on the subject: At first glance the patriarchy appears to be thriving. More than 90% of presidents and prime ministers…

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Gender 

To help & not to hurt

I have two children; a seven year old boy and a five year old girl. My daughter is on the tiny side, while she packs a lot of character into her small frame she is woefully under-gunned when it comes to handling her big brother. My son is not small for his age, quite the opposite – he is tall, wiry, surprisingly strong and when he hits, it hurts. So whenever I have to talk with my son, (after having first consoled my stricken daughter) the conversation always ends with a…

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Gender 

The state of men

Something is wrong with boys & men: this, of course, is not news to anyone. The causes and solutions are much debated but something is up. There are problems that seem to be getting worse. Take for example education. Girls are outclassing boys at school and university level. Statistically something has changed in the last 40 years, girls have not only caught up but overtaken boys and have they have done so – the rate widened. It’s complicated and it has confused policy makers because at one level it seems that…

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