Unfortunately, it was mentioned in connection with a “musty script of masculinity.” I don’t feel so bad though, as we’re included with good company: apparently Shop Class as Soulcraft and Dirty Jobs are in need of a de-humidifier as well. I’m not entirely sure that the authors have ever visited our site; they certainly never asked for my input on their article (and from the looks of it-any input from anyone other than themselves).
After re-hashing the well-known problems with men-the lopsided number of women getting college degrees and the dropping proportion of males in the workforce- the authors set out to “reimagine masculinity.” And like many of who have attempted this project before, their proposal is simply to make manhood look more like womanhood. The authors argue for a “New Macho,” in which men take more paternity leave, spend more time with their kids, do more housework, and pursue traditionally female-dominated professions like nursing and teaching. There’s nothing wrong with these proposals-I’m certainly in favor of more-involved dads and if nursing is something you’re interested in as a man, then great. But I fail to see what doing these things has to do with manhood and masculinity. The article concedes nothing unique about men, nothing unique about what motivates and animates us. It mentions nothing of what to me manhood is-the substance of the inner-man-the values, actions, and mindset that make boys into men. Any attempt to reinvigorate masculinity by completely blurring gender lines is ultimately doomed to failure.
But I’ll cease my rant and open it up to you all….what do you think of the article and this proposal to reimagine masculinity?