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What is Masculinity and does it have a future In recent years there has been much discourse on male identity or masculinity and challenges to established cultural understandings of the masculine which have encouraged the development of new male identities Men are starting to examine their own lives and relationships shown through the increasing number of groups seminars and conferences focusing on themes such as mens health the sexual abuse of men and psychotherapy and counselling services targeted at men As many men and women seem to be confused about what it means to be a man this has been seen as an opportunity for recasting the masculine script Peterson 199819 To ask what is masculinity is to invite opinions from across the board of sociological historical religious and biological study and there is no definitive answer There will never be a consensual definition of masculinity although there do exist general stereotypes of masculinity which have unfortunately become so deep-rooted in our culture that they are seen as somehow natural Masculinity is not an object it is not a constant It is constantly evolving and reinventing itself and is subject to change based on culture interaction and society This essay will look at differing ideas on masculinity including discussion on homophobia hegemonic masculinity psychological theory regarding sexual identity and theories for the direction masculinity is taking for the future There will also be some discussion of masculinity within Paganisms to exemplify how masculinity can differ enormously depending on social interaction and experience It is the eventual aim of this work to show that masculinity is a socially constructed phenomenon The ideas of diverse theorists such as Bob Pease Susan Greenwood and Robert Connell will be looked at hoping to provide an interesting and varied insight into notions of masculinity in contemporary society Anthony Clare explains the social biological perspective of looking at masculinity in his book Masculinity in Crisis 2000 This view
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