- Are Men Becoming Less Manly?
Masculine jobs are disappearing and men have to become less masculine to fit into less masculine jobs.
- Are Men Really Men Anymore? They have less testosterone.
- Are Men What They Used To Be? Men want more commitment, want kids, and they wear cosmetics.
- Fox News says Feminism is feminizing men The title says it.
- Why Are Men Becoming More Like Women? Men's attitudes more like women's - the result being that women and men have more choices
"'is it not becoming patent that the time has come for training all Englishmen systematically either for the sea or for the rifle?'
"But this question raised a corollary: Were the men of England up to the challenge? Ever since the turn of the century, concern had risen that forces at work in England had caused a decline in masculinity and the fitness of men for war. this fear intensified when a general revealed the shocking fact that 60 percent of England's men could not meet the physical requirements of miliatry service. As it happened, the genral was wrong, but the figure 60 per cent became branded onto the British psyche. [emphasis added]
Blame fell upon the usual suspects. A royal commission found that from 1881 to 1901 the number of foreigners in Britain had risen from 135,000 to 286,000. The influx had not merely diminished the population; it had caused, according to Scotland Yard, an upsurge in crime. Most blame was attributed to the fact that Britain's population had increasingly forsaken the countryside for the city. The government investigated the crisis and found that the percentage of people living in citizens had indeed risen markedly from the mid-nineteenth century but had not caused the decay of British manhood, though this happy conclusion tended to be overlooked, for many people never got past the chilling name of the investigative body that produced it, the Inter-Departmental Committee on Physical Deterioration. A month later the government launched another investigation with an equally disheartening name, the Royal Commission on Care and Control of the Feeble-Minded, and discovered that between 1891 and 1901 the number of mentally defective Britons had increased by 21.44 percent. There was no escaping it: Insane, weak and impoverished, the British Empire was in decline, and the Germans knew it, and any day now they would attempt to seize England for their own."
This is probably a perennial topic among human beings. And a lot of it hinges on how a culture defines 'masculinity.' Methinks the less that we measure masculinity against the roles played by John Wayne, the better off we'll all be.