The Modern Men's Movement

1082 WordsOct 8, 19995 Pages
The Modern Men's Movement The 1970's saw the intensification of the feminist movement as a social, moral, and political force in the American arena. They focused their attention on the systematic oppression of women in politics and business. They were attacking male chauvinism, dominance, and a social system that relegated females to household duties. By most standards, the feminist movement has been successful in nearly all of its endeavors. The result, however, has left the American male uncertain of his own role in not only the dating arena, but the business, marriage, and society in general. All the things that once made a man desirable now make him the enemy of the advancement of women. The result has been a reactionary…show more content…
Women can now become successful on their own and children become a burden. The man ends up wanting the family more than the woman, and must give up power to have it. When man loses his worth to the relationship, he loses the power and his traditional role also. This shift in power also allows women more room to criticize qualities that have previously gone unnoticed. "To old complaints about male brutality or insufficient attention were added new ones... More recently women have become freer to criticize male lack of emotional sharing and sexual incompatibility." (Stearn, 163) Most feminists recognize that the male movement is a response to their changing wants and needs. Most men, likewise, recognize that a change in their own behavior is needed to promote the social well-being of both sexes. The television media today is but a single example of many institutions striving to embrace the goals of the men's movement. One television show comes to mind immediately. Home Improvement, and Tim (the toolman) Taylor personify the male striving to embrace the new order. Every episode features a man trying shed his male, grunting, belching, insensitive past. No watcher of 1990's sitcoms is unfamiliar with the patented Tim Allen grunt. His goal in life seems to be to keep his wife and kids happy without giving up his tools. That is what the men's movement seems to be about, letting men be happy, keep

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