An exploration of the challenged state of masculinity in our post-feminist society of gender equality. As we reach the millennium, there is hardly anything to be done that cannot be done by women - where does this leave men? Have men been pushed out of parenting - even of procreation? The brute strength of the male is no longer necessary to mine coal or build ships - or even make war. Men don't have to "provide" for their families, as more women harness their intelligence and generate their own incomes. Is it surprising that male suicides outnumber female by a factor of 3 or 4 to 1, or that the predilection of males to be violent - once seen as a source of pride - now seems to threaten our very culture and civilisation? Is what Clare calls the "phallic man" - assertive, authoritative, dominant, in control not only of himself but of women - dying out? As a practising psychiatrist, Anthony Clare brings a knowledge of science and medicine plus a deep understanding of the human heart and mind to this lively, readable, fair-handed and above all sympathetic examination of the male in today's society.
Heralded as the book to do for men in the 1990s what Germaine Greer's The Female Eunuch did for women in the 1970s, On Men attempts to evaluate the role of men and the state of masculinity in post-feminist society. Now that women have equal status, and innovations in reproductive technology mean that men are no longer required even for procreation, the male ego is under threat. Clare, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Trinity College, Dublin and presenter of BBC Radio 4's In the Psychiatrist's Chair, discusses whether the 'phallic man - dominant, aggressive and in control' is a dying phenomenon. Using research in biology, psychology, psychiatry and social relationships, and writing as a husband and father himself, Clare sees the way for men to move forward in today's society is to find their value - not in the public arena - but in more intimate, personal relationships. A sympathetic, lively study to accompany Clare's new Radio 4 series Men In Crisis. (Kirkus UK)