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IQ2 Debate: Masculinity

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“Even if the alt-right doesn’t survive in its current form, a generation of young white men now harbor the dangerous belief that they have no future – a belief that will be that much more dangerous if it proves to be true.” - Angela Nagle

Grow some balls. Toughen up. Be a man. It seems guys are prodded from boyhood to meet certain gendered standards of brash confidence and stoicism. Yet they are also encouraged to protect, respect, provide, and be good guys.

We hear ‘masculinity is in crisis’. Perhaps that well known phrase is recognition the messages around masculinity can be contradictory and confusing. Maybe it’s acknowledgement of male suffering.

But which boys and men are suffering and why? Could it be society is permitting misandry? Are the jokes about privileged men fair or overlooking very real challenges?

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David Leser is a Walkley-award winning journalist who has worked in Australia and internationally for the past 40 years. He has worked as a feature writer for the Australian, the Bulletin, the Sydney Morning Herald, Good Weekend and the Australian Women’s Weekly, and as a Washington, Jerusalem and Paris-based correspondent. David is the author of 8 books, including his latest, Women, Men and the Whole Damn Thing, about gender relations in the age of #MeToo. (FOR)

Zac Seidler is a psychologist, researcher and mens health advocate. He is currently a Psychologist and Research Fellow at Orygen and The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health and the Director of Health Professional Training at the Movember Foundation. Zac’s focus is on treating, researching and advocating for better mental health outcomes for all men to stop men dying by suicide. (FOR)

Catharine Lumby is an academic, author, journalist, researcher and educator. She is currently a Professor of Media at Macquarie University, and a board member of Rape and Domestic Violence Services Australia and the council of The National Museum of Australia. A prominent advocate for ending violence against women and children, Catherine delivers talks and workshops on harassment and assault, social media ethics and respectful relationships. (AGAINST)

Raewyn Connell is one of Australia’s leading social scientists, specialising in class, gender, education, global patterns in knowledge, and most prominently, masculinity. She is an author of 25 books including Masculinities (1995, 2005) and most recently The Good University, plus more than 200 academic articles. Active in the labour, peace, and gender equality movements, she formerly advised the UN gender equality and peace initiatives. (AGAINST)

About Intelligence Squared:

IQ2 is the Australian arm of the international debate series, Intelligence Squared, which is also held in London, New York and Hong Kong. Speakers have eight uninterrupted minutes to share their ideas – a luxury in today’s fast paced media environment of 15 second grabs and political party spin lines. Help us shape our world with ethics and intelligence.

With thanks to our media partner The New Daily


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