Latest opinion survey: Masculinity in modern Britain
A recent opinion survey by YouGov painted an evolving and complex notion of ‘masculinity’ in modern Britain.
The opinion survey showed that only 2% of young men feel ‘completely masculine’, versus 56% of over 65s). The younger people who took part in the opinion survey (both male and female) clearly demonstrated that they don’t feel clearly defined as either ‘masculine’ or feminine’, and many even said that the idea of masculinity had negative connotations in a modern day society.
The telling opinion survey revealed a huge generational split in gender identity as well as a significant geographical difference. Over 42% of men in America identified themselves as ‘completely masculine’, for example, versus just 28% of British men overall.
Another interesting outcome were the implications of masculinity. The opinion survey revealed that more people see femininity as a positive characteristic than masculinity.
So what can we make of the opinion survey results, and does it even matter? How do we define ‘masculine’ anyway, and how to we measure this supposed scale of ‘masculinity’ or ‘femininity’?
The fact is, we can’t. Not just because it’s almost entirely subjective, but that it is changing with different generations. Some men in the opinion survey used aspects such as having been involved in a fight, or doing manual labour, as identifiers of masculinity – but in a modern day UK with fewer traditionally manual jobs, fluid gender roles and more acceptance of expressing feelings than older generations it is no wonder the very definition has changed.
The opinion survey results
revived a fascinating hashtag thread - #masculinitysofragile – which goes a long way to revealing the millennial attitude towards, and a struggled acceptance of, ‘masculinity’ as a whole.
For me, I’m just glad to live in a world where we are free to identify ourselves anywhere on the scale that we choose to. Or even reject the masculine/feminine label entirely. What this opinion survey does succeed with is actually pointing out that we have the power to change stereotypes forever. Whether we change them for the positive or the negative remains up to us.
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