Modern men and the paradigm shift from masculinity

Modern men and the paradigm shift from masculinity

Before we talk about modern men and the paradigm shift from masculinity, let’s take a look back. In the classic society of the 20th-century mom used to take care of the kids while dad was working. She was also in charge of housekeeping, let’s not forget about that. She barely had a great education or work expectations.

We are almost entering the second decade of the 21st century, and things are changing for the better (I hope). “Gender equality” has been a recurrent subject in the last couple of years, maybe a bit more. Women are taking more and more positions of importance. The mothers of today are miraculous multitaskers. They can study, work and take care of the kids every day. Moms now aspire to be teachers, doctors, astronauts, and presidents. Yes, there are still prejudice and other obstacles to overcome. However things are looking up, and hopefully, it will keep that way.

Modern men and the paradigm shift from masculinity: abandoning their comfort zone

Working all day wasn’t a day at the park either. But being involved in what happens at home, and teaming up with their partners is a good thing. And they do it gladly! They love to take care of their kids. I think society definitely starts at home before going to school, and both moms and dads are responsible for it.

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Modern men and the paradigm shift from masculinity, also like to feel useful. It’s perfectly normal to see families distributing duties and house chores. It’s not a weird scene spotting dads with their kids at the supermarket shopping for groceries. Mom might be out meeting friends. If we even think about marketing, don’t you think it’s very interesting to study these behaviors?

The redefinition of masculinity is a real ongoing process. Before, a man crying was considered a display of weakness. Should a man be physically strong because he is a man? Now, should a woman be physically stronger than a man? That shouldn’t be an issue. Does physical strength define masculinity? Or does the ability to repress their tears? Should a man feel less masculine if he needs to ask for help to do something?

I think it’s positive we start seeing men and women not as opposites or rivals, but as two essential pieces of the huge machinery of life. To conclude, I’d like to quote Actress and UN Women Global Goodwill Ambassador, Emma Watson on the subject:

“I want men to take up this mantle. So their daughters, sisters, and mothers can be free from prejudice. But also so that their sons have permission to be vulnerable and human too—reclaim those parts of themselves they abandoned and in doing so be a more true and complete version of themselves”.

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