I have to confess I like men, not as a general group, more particular individuals. I’ve just watched Grayson Perry’s series on Masculinity, he had some very stimulating and interesting observations on what it is to be a man in the twenty-first century. Many things have changed during my lifetime, the jobs which required physical strength and facing danger on a daily basis like mining and working in the steel works have disappeared from this country. (They still exist in the developing world )
Men and women including transgender people, we all of us live in a world changing at bewildering speed. This can be a better world giving us all more choice; a woman can be a surgeon, principal of a college, a CEO (still too few are) and a Prime Minister; a man can be a carer, a house-husband, a psychologist, a nurse and a Prime Minister. Gender is the least important part of an individual, what matters more is intelligence, determination, the ability to master complex tasks. It seems to have gone unnoticed that today the majority of people training to be doctors are young women. I think the idea that women’s brains are smaller and less able has finally been chucked out with the rubbish. Women had to organise and come together to claim a right to education, the ability to vote and decide on how many children to have. Now men have to adapt, to choose, to have a more varied way of living, as Grayson Perry pointed out it could lead to more masculine self esteem and more enjoyment of life.
I have been a teacher and a lecturer for a number of years. I am married with two sons. I'm interested drama, films, TV, books, society in general, poverty and riches and political systems.
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