Are Men Still Relevant?
It has been documented that men seek psychological help at lower rates than women. Psychosocially, men are characterized as having difficulty in articulating their emotions and prefer to ‘turn off their feelings’. Some critics claimed that many men prefer to die than disclose they need help or choose to self-destruct rather than admit they are not in control. To the extent, serious critics assert that men are redundant, that women and children would be better off without them. This paper explores some factors contributing to the ‘marginalization of men’ that includes over conformity to traditional gender roles, socialization process and cultural differences of help seeking behaviours among men. Discussion will include possible alternatives that are culturally and socially appropriate for contemporary men to still feel relevant, to empower themselves by confronting the paradox of power and pain and to sustain their significant existence. Undoubtedly, the significant contributions of social and technological development are likely to affect men’s socialization processes and may contribute to changes of values in this fast changing environment.
Keywords: Male Gender Roles, Socialization of Men, Helping Men
Dr. Mansor Abu Talib
Lecturer, Department of Human Development and Family Studies