Tea & Sex is a roundtable discussion in which participants can dive into a variety of topics related to human sexuality. This month, we explore evolving masculinity, toxic masculinity, and the response to Gillette's "We Believe" ad encouraging men to become better men.
According to Jack Myers, author of "The Future of Men: Masculinity in the Twenty-First Century," young men are angry, discouraged, and struggle with the shift away from the "thousands of years of history that defined what it meant to be a real man: to be strong; to be a provider; to be in authority; to be the ultimate decision maker; and to be economically, educationally, physically and politically dominant."
Does he have a point? A relatively short time ago, a man could buy a house, a car, and support his wife and children on his salary alone. With the current economic landscape, this is no longer a reality. Now, forty percent of families' primary breadwinner are women. Additionally, women are outpacing men in terms of educational achievement, as women are earning 60% of higher education degrees.
Myers believes that we need to create a new model of masculinity, and proposes that in order to do so we as a society need to be more supportive of paternity leave, stay-at-home dads, and men entering traditionally “feminine” careers. We also need media portrayals of men as responsible, competent, and caring husbands and fathers, instead of men as idiots, misogynists, or guys who lack commitment in relationships.
So, is masculinity in crisis? What does it mean to be a "real man?" Do we need a collective reimagining of masculinity? If so, what should it look like? What do men need in order to feel good about themselves? Is part of the problem that men have always defined themselves in relation to women, instead of independent of them? This and more will be explored.
Ticket include light bites, beverages, and admission to museum galleries.
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Made possible by the generosity of the International Institute Of Clinical Sexology. WEAM is grateful for their support of our programming.