Is being a man harder today than it once was? Or is it just more complicated?
If you are reading this, the chances are that you already know about some of the more complex issues around masculinity today – issues that suggest our nation's men are in trouble. We're talking here about the high suicide rate among men (a man under the age of 45 is more likely to die at his own hand than for any other reason). We're talking about the poor performance of boys at school, the gender gap in university applications, and the lack of friends men retain later in life. And we're talking about sex, where men and boys' perceptions are increasingly skewered by pornography.