Masculinity in crisis

This was a year dominated by women speaking out against sexual harassment and assault by powerful men, especially in the media and entertainment industries. In this issue we look at the other side of this coin: the angry men who feel they have lost their moorings as the feminist tide has risen.

The World Today Updated 30 September 2020 Published 15 December 2017 1 minute READ

Alan Philps

Former Editor, The World Today, Communications and Publishing

Analysing Donald Trump’s America, Michael Kimmel chronicles the links between women finding their voice and men – at least in the lower-middle and working classes – losing their sense of self-worth. But he notes that the rage of the white male is often misdirected: it is not women who have destroyed the clubby 1950s world of male privilege, but the globalized economy that swallowed up their well-paid jobs.

In the Middle East, writes Shereen El Feki, male nostalgia for a half-remembered past is even more acute. Young Arab males today are more conservative than their fathers, while women are better educated and more progressive than their mothers, storing up trouble at home and in the work place.

In the course of two years, the purpose of European foreign aid has changed radically. Marissa Quie and Hameed Hakimi describe how aid has been skewed away from development to preventing the influx of migrants.

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