en are finally catching up. No, I’m not claiming that I belong to the endangered tribe of diehard feminists, but I’m merely making an observation after reading the feature ‘The rise of the alta male’ on page 20. To give you a synopsis of what the feature is about, it – as the title suggests – talks of a new kind of man known as an alta male. An improved version of the alpha male, social scientists say it is that ‘elevated’ breed that has a high emotional intelligence, so is not reluctant to articulate what his family, friends and relationships mean to him, is honest about his fears and failures, is happy to choose changing nappies over well-paying jobs, and most important of all, does not feel insecure when his wife gets a pay cheque that has more zeroes than his. Apparently it’s time to write an obituary for the legendary male ego.
Now as I applaud the rise of this improved version of the New Age man, I also say, about time. For decades, a constant sense of guilt has plagued women, especially in their struggle to find a work-life balance. Battling work deadlines, expectations of those around them, and above all, stereotypes, women have not only faced vilification from conservative patriarchal societies but have had to prove their worth to the sisterhood that is perennially divided over women’s role in the social equation.
With men getting into the ring now, I wonder if they are ready to face the same institutionalised opinions on gender roles. And how come there are no fancy terms coined for women exalting their roles in society?
Until next week,