Blog by Bjørn Venø

Blog by Bjørn Venø


The artist Venø works with photography video and performance. He tries hard at being a licensed fool and has a burning desire to explore beyond our paradigm.

Britain's Crisis of Masculinity

ThoughtsPosted by Bjørn Venø Tue, May 28, 2013 19:06:21

Diane Abbott MP held a lecture at Demos on Masculinity (read it here), below are some responses from the media, but what do you think?

"On the whole, however, she was bent on destroying the male persona, pinning upon it the ills of society, and offering nothing of which men can be "proud". I'm not denying that some men struggle in Britain. But letting Diane Abbott loose on the topic is like introducing a bull to a china shop."

Jake Wallis Simons, The Telegraph, 17 May 2013

"The steady emasculation of England is happening; but to argue that long-term, slow-evolving social and cultural changes constitute a crisis is pure bunkum"

Amol Rajan, The Independent, 16 May 2013

"Men who fear ridicule from women for talking about masculinity understandably clam up. Matriarchy has a lot to answer for"

Jack O'Sullivan, The Guardian, 21 May 2013

"The way Diane tells it, British men are a bunch of homophobic, women-hating, porn addicted, viagra-quaffing, Jack Daniels-slurping brutes. This is not an accurate portrait of British men - it is a grotesque cartoon."

Tony Parsons, Mirror, 18 May 2013

"Growing female independence is fuelling a crisis of masculinity and men are hardly helping their cause by turning on each other in an outbreak of Daddy Wars"

Eleanor Mills, The Sunday times, 19 May 2013

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