MAN TROU­BLE

男人好难

The World of Chinese - - Ed­i­tor’s Let­ter -

Con­fu­cian pa­tri­archs are out—“won­der dads” are in! Di­vorce rates are ris­ing, while mid­dle-class con­sumerism and state-backed “fam­ily val­ues” are heaping new ex­pec­ta­tions for men to suc­ceed both at home and the work­place, re­defin­ing the stan­dards of fa­ther­hood and fi­delity. As pol­i­cy­mak­ers and ed­u­ca­tion “ex­perts” fan the flames of a sup­posed “mas­culin­ity cri­sis,” TWOC takes a look at the state of the Han man

At­ti­tudes to­ward gen­der, dat­ing, and mar­riage are in fre­quent f lux. Some men wel­come the chang­ing times. Oth­ers fear for the fu­ture. Those who once en­joyed unas­sail­able po­si­tions of power now risk be­ing called out for abu­sive or ha­rass­ing be­hav­ior. At school, boys are fall­ing be­hind with their grades amid fears of a grow­ing “mas­culin­ity cri­sis,” the re­sult, some claim, of over- par­ent­ing and fem­i­nized ed­u­ca­tion. In the work­place, men are fre­quently com­pet­ing for pay raises and se­nior­ity; while at home, the pres­sure is on for f irst- time fa­thers to be “won­der dads”— pa­tri­archs who don’t just bring home the ba­con, but cook it, and help with the wash­ing up and home­work af­ter­ward. Is this why, as some polls re­port, in­creas­ing num­bers are in­dulging in af­fairs? In this is­sue, we look at whether Chi­nese men are truly in cri­sis— or if the boys are ac­tu­ally doing al­right.

男人好难:父亲和丈夫的角色正在被社会重新定义,还有人认为“男孩危机”正在学校中蔓延,在传统和现代观念交织的今天,做一个男人没有那么简单

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