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The Paradox and Crisis of Masculinity

The Paradox and Crisis of Masculinity

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  •  89 Great Eastern Street, London, EC2A 3HX
Suitable for: Adults
Rachel Jane Cooke is a therapist, trainer and coach who specialises in self esteem, emotional intelligence, shame resilience and the Millennial Life Crisis. She has spent a... More Info »
This Funzing Experience:
Debates around patriarchy, gender equality, toxic masculinity, fatherhood and changing sexual dynamics surround us like fog, throwing us into an unprecedented time of transition and turmoil.

It’s confusing to be a man right now. We are describing men’s anxiety about changing social roles as a “masculinity crisis”. This implies that manhood is something universal, even primal, and thus unchangeable. But masculinity is a social construct, it has a history, it does and can change.

Men are harmed by the existing power structures and also perpetuate harm by the codes imposed on them by us all. There are so many contentious and conflicting notions about masculinity and how to be in this progressive and crucial time of #metoo and intersectional feminism. Debates are often so polarised that they don’t leave space for men, as well as women and other genders, to be allowed their full complexity and diversity.

Do we abandon masculinity? Can men be relational and masculine? It’s a critical time for thoughtful, honest and provocative discussion about what this all means in today’s culture.

If we support constructive change in the emotional lives of men, it inevitably changes the experiences and lives of their partners. Drawing from psychology, trauma theory, family systems therapy, attachment theory, anthropology and more, this talk offers a multidisciplinary perspective on the current cultural crisis of gender relations, with practical ways to achieve its unique potential to improve life for us all.

All genders welcome!

Venue: Trapeze

Doors: 7pm / Talk starts: 7.30pm.

*Please see venue website for admission (age restrictions) or accessibility information. Our talks may be filmed for promotional purposes.


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Debates around patriarchy, gender equality, toxic masculinity, fatherhood and changing sexual dynamics surround us like fog, throwing us into an unprecedented time of transition and turmoil. It’s confusing to be a man right now. We are descri... Read More
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