Rethinking masculinity

#1

http://www.theguardian.com/media/2016/apr/26/grayson-perry-bear-grylls-masculinity

Bear Grylls would have no trouble surviving on a remote Pacific Island with nothing more than a snakeskin in which to collect his own urine, but according to Grayson Perry he wouldn’t be much use on the mean streets of Finsbury Park.

The Turner prize-winning artist has turned his sights on the survivalist and his exceptionally rugged version of masculinity, arguing that it isn’t fit for the 21st century.

“He celebrates a masculinity that is useless,” Perry said. “Try going into an estate agent in Finsbury Park and come out with an affordable flat. I want to see Bear Grylls looking for a decent state school for his child!”

Perry said that the masculine ideal presented by shows such as The Island, in which Grylls is currently putting a third group of hapless contestants through survivalist hell, is making it harder for men to successfully negotiate modern life.

“Men might be good at taking the risk of stabbing someone or driving a car very fast, but when it comes to opening up, men are useless,” Perry told the Radio Times in an interview to promote his new series, All Man. “Masculinity is a decorative feature that is essentially counter-productive.”

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#2

More evidence we need to blow masculinity up and start again.

Merely asking the question about spousal income led to enormous shifts in men’s preferences in the upcoming presidential election. Men who weren’t asked about spousal income until late in the survey preferred Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump in a hypothetical general election matchup by a 16-point margin; men who were asked about spousal income only a few questions before being asked about the Clinton-Trump matchup preferred Trump by an eight-point margin — a 24-point shift in preferences. The conclusion that this is about gender is reinforced by the fact that the spousal income question had no effect at all on a matchup between Trump and Bernie Sanders. Men who had been primed to think about a threat to their masculinity preferred Sanders by four points; unprimed men, by three.

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#3

Useful site:

http://aamn.org/aamn

American Assembly for Male Nurses

Mission:
To shape the practice, education, research, and leadership for men in nursing and advance men’s health

Vision:
To be the association of choice representing men in nursing.

The purpose of AAMN is to provide a framework for nurses, as a group, to meet, to discuss and influence factors, which affect men as nurses.

AAMN Objectives include:
Encourage men of all ages to become nurses and join together with all nurses in strengthening and humanizing health care.

Support men who are nurses to grow professionally and demonstrate to each other and to society the increasing contributions being made by men within the nursing profession.

Advocate for continued research, education and dissemination of information about men’s health issues, men in nursing, and nursing knowledge at the local and national levels.

Support members’ full participation in the nursing profession and it’s organizations and use this Assembly for the limited objectives stated above.

Organizational Structure
AAMN is a national organization with local chapters recognized and sanctioned under the Bylaws of AAMN. However Chapters may have independent bylaws and a separate dues structure. Membership in the national organization does not require membership in a local chapter.

AAMN is governed by the board of directors who, under the organizational bylaws have the right and responsibility to administer the business activities of the organization to include decisions related to the expenditure of organizational funds.

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#4

Hey, just seen this via the James Fell facebook page:

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/rendezview/why-dont-mens-rights-activists-fight-for-mens-rights/news-story/dfd34b9885268e2e9e06f497a1546b98

One of the only grassroots services for men, Australian Men’s Shed Association, mensshed.org, is a small but laudable and highly effective project. It provides a community, reduces isolation, and gives men a space to talk and find comfort and support when they need it. And nothing on the Men’s Shed website or programs talks about women, it focuses only on issues of men’s health and wellbeing.

Here’s the english site:

http://menssheds.org.uk/

And a report, which has some really interesting stuff about how men view and access various services (health, for instance).

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