Masculinity in crisis | STX Engelsk B | 18. august 2016

This study guide will help you focus on the topic of masculinity in crisis. We will show you examples from three texts that cover the topic and focus on the most significant elements that will be relevant for a discussion about masculinity in crisis. In these notes, we will focus on an outline of the various attitudes to masculinity in crisis, argumentation and help you discuss whether young men need to be challenged differently in today’s society.

Exam question

The study guide is based on this exam question in written English B on STX from 18th of August, 2016:

The texts in section A focus on masculinity in crisis.

Write a paper (700-1000 words) in which you answer the following questions. Answer the questions separately.

  1. Give an outline of the various attitudes to masculinity in crisis in the three texts.
  2. How does Stephanie Coontz argue for her views in text 2? Give examples from the text.
  3. Taking your starting point in text 3, discuss whether young men need to be challenged differently in today’s society.

Texts

  1. Philip Zimbardo and Nikita Duncan, “The Demise of Guys”
  2. Stephanie Coontz, “The Myth of Male Decline”
  3. Jennifer Fink, "Why schools are failing our boys"

Presentation of the topic

Masculinity in crisis refers to what part of society (researchers, psychologists but also the common public) believes to be an issue of modern men who either feel emasculated or engage in childish behaviors refusing to mature as adults. The causes of this trend are said to be connected with technological advancements such as the video gaming industry, but also to the rise of career-oriented successful women as well as an education system that does not meet the needs of boys today. However, some argue that this trend is a minor issue; it only affects a small number of men, and most of the modern men are successful mature adults, as proven by their professional success and their involvement in parenting and household chores.

Further help

Do you want additional help with analysis of non-fiction? See our general guide to non-fiction analysis.

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Masculinity in crisis | STX Engelsk B | 18. august 2016

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