What are Men’s Issues?
Men’s issues are as valid as women’s issues, but until recently they have received little attention from the media or public policy. This page is intended as an introduction to men’s issues, which are part of the broader men’s movement.
First of all, it is important to realize that most people in the men’s movement aren’t interested in pushing women into subservience. While their approaches may vary, most men’s advocates are interested in addressing the disparities that have increasingly affected men and boys in (mostly) Western nations since the late 1960s. This is an essential part of achieving gender fairness for both sexes.
Second, the men’s movement is not just a concern of white men, or just of straight men. Men’s issues affect all men and boys, regardless of race, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation or socioeconomic status.
The men’s movement exists because men and boys are at a disadvantage in several important areas in today’s politically correct social structure. Laws and conventions originally intended to encourage equal rights for women have evolved into special privileges without responsibility for women and an elevated status for women only. This is taking place against a backdrop of misandry (hatred of men) in society. The result has been serious harm to many areas of society, such as family structure, education, and social services programs. Ironically, this has had a negative impact on women in general, and on children in particular.
Why is therapy helpful specifically for Men’s issues?
The various roles man have in society as well as and in the family has led to certain pressures that are unique to Men. Unrealistic expectations of Men’s bodies and impossible standards for a man’s multiple roles as mother, wife, care-taker and career man as well as unachievable goals for work life balance can lead to a man’s diminished sense of self. Fortunately, psychotherapy helps to challenge these negative distortions and help to form a realistic and accurate sense of self. We can help empower you to take control of your life, balance your needs and wants with the expectations of others in order to start living the life you want to live.
Will my family suffer if I go to therapy?
This is a common fear for Men seeking therapy to work on their own personal issues but actually the opposite is more common. If you are suffering silently without seeking help, this struggle is inevitably going to affect your family. Though getting help will take some time away from your family, that time is extremely valuable to you, them, and your relationship. By seeking help and focusing on improving your own issues you are much more able to show love and support to your family.