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I t's a man's, man's world. It must be true, James Brown sang it. Well, according to a recent survey commissioned by lad's mag FHM, the Godfather of Soul couldn't be more wrong.

The study, shows that more than half of British men think they are living in a woman's world, while a staggering 81% of the 2,000 men who took part in the survey believed society had tried to feminise men.

Just under half considered themselves to be a 'New Man', with the same amount, 44%, at least aspiring to be one.

There were some other surprising statistics. Having been urged by society to share the childcare burden, men in the survey who already have a baby or young children say their partner now wants them to be the main breadwinner or earn enough for her to become be a full-time mother.

FHM editor-at-large Chris Bell found that:

* FATHER DOESN'T KNOW BEST: "No one's asked blokes what they think for years. We ask women all the time as their roles have changed so massively over time. Men are just expected to get on with it.

"I think this survey proves more than anything that we don't want to be like our fathers," Bell said.

* FOOTBALL AND FACIALS: "For some, a new man might be someone who stays at home to look after the children while his partner goes out to work. Others may think a new man is someone who uses moisturiser after shaving, or is comfortable in the kitchen. Look no further than David Beckham, who came in No 1 on FHM's list of 'guys other men would like to swap lives with'. He's been at the very top of professional football, for many the ultimate man's sport. He completed the boyhood dream by marrying a popstar, but at the same time, he became a fashion and grooming icon, as famous for his new haircuts as he is his twisting free kicks. Rarely a day goes by when he's not seen in one newspaper or another with his children, and Brooklyn, Romeo and Cruz ."

* MAKING IT WORK: Of course, not all of us have the Posh and Becks lifestyle, and if one half of a relationship is demanding that the other goes out and earns enough money to provide for the whole family, there is bound to be conflict.

Bell said: "Couples have to negotiate what works for them. There's no set way of doing this, and each couple should examine what point they're at in their relationship and who is best placed to stay at home or go to work. "
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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Apr 9, 2007
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