Misandry and Emptiness: Masculine Identity in a Toxic Cultural Environment

Paul Nathanson (paul.nathanson@mcgill.ca)
Katherine Young (katherine.young@mcgill.ca)
McGill University


Masculine identity has become increasingly problematic due to technological and cultural changes over the past ten thousand years, beginning with the horticultural and agricultural revolutions but gaining momentum with the industrial, military and reproductive revolutions. Egalitarian feminists have unwittingly exacerbated the problem by equating sexual equality with sexual sameness, leaving men unable to make even one contribution to society, as men, which is distinctive, necessary and can therefore be publicly valued--that is, unable to establish a healthy collective identity specifically as men. The result of this emptiness is a growing tendency to give up either by dropping out of school and or by committing suicide. Ideological feminists have thrown down the gauntlet, on the other hand, by ascribing to men a highly negative collective identity. The result of this misandry is an increasing number of men who believe that even a negative collective identity is better than no collective identity at all. No solution will be possible without challenging pervasive assumptions about both boys and

Author Biographies

Paul Nathanson, PhD, is researcher at the Faculty of Religious Studies, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
Katherine K. Young, PhD, is Professor Emerita at the Faculty of Religious Studies, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

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