Society is going through rapid change in terms of the way people work. More women than ever are in the workplace, more people are working flexibly and there is greater encouragement for men to share in the parenting and caring roles traditionally fulfilled by women.
Meanwhile, men are blamed as one homogenous group for many gendered injustices. This has led to a backlash known as the manosphere. The battle between the sexes has never been more intense, despite decades of equality legislation and policies designed to redress the balance.
Something isn’t working. At the same time as society is supposed to have never had it so good, rates of male suicide and depression in both sexes are at record highs. Many men are feeling lost and unsupported as they adjust to these societal changes. That doesn’t help anyone, least of all women.
This module takes a look at masculinity in the workplace from a different perspective and considers what measures can be taken by men and women to reframe masculinity positively and encourage men to be themselves.