Chislehurst, NJ — The “crisis” of masculinity has reached its peak, according to a report by the Pew Research Center.
The Pew study, released Wednesday, shows that nearly half of men and roughly four in 10 women believe men have lost their role in society.
The study also found that only about a third of the general public agrees with the notion that men should be able to stay at home and raise children.
The study found that nearly a quarter of men said that they have seen themselves become less masculine and one in five said they are more confident in themselves because of their appearance.
The same report found that just under half of all men and half of women said that their attitudes about men and masculinity have changed over the last five years.
“For decades, masculinity has been a political and cultural battleground and a way for men to express their masculinity,” said Michael McDonald, a senior fellow at the Pew Charitable Trusts.
“It’s become an issue for women as well.
In the last year alone, we’ve seen a series of women using this space to say that they are less masculine because they don’t feel they belong in that arena anymore.”
The Pew study found there is no evidence to suggest that men are experiencing a crisis of masculinity, but the issue is getting more attention than ever before.
The issue has gained more visibility as social media, the internet, and more mainstream media outlets have made men and women’s appearance more mainstream.
“This issue is gaining more attention, and it’s getting more visibility, and so that’s very positive,” McDonald said.
“But it’s a really important conversation to have.”
Men and masculinity, however, are not evenly distributed across the gender spectrum.
A majority of white, working-class men, for example, said that a loss of power in their work and social circles has caused them to lose their sense of masculinity.
A whopping majority of men of color said that the loss of their masculinity in the workplace and in the society they live in has caused a loss in their sense and respect for women.
The report found there was no evidence that men and white men have had a similar gender divide.
In fact, a majority of both men and whites said they were happy with their current positions and that they were able to have equal career opportunities with women.
A majority of all working-age men, men in their 20s and 30s, said they thought that they had lost their masculinity.
In a separate study, Pew also found significant gaps between how men and non-men see masculinity in society and how men feel about it.
More than three in four white men, working age men, said there was a disconnect between how they see themselves and the ways others see them.
Women were also more likely to say they had a problem with their masculinity and less likely to feel that their masculinity was being threatened.
Despite these differences, men said they believed they were “more masculine” than they were in 2010, according the Pew study.
“Men have grown accustomed to thinking of themselves as more masculine, and that’s something that I think is changing,” McDonald added.
There is no clear consensus among researchers on how to address the gender gap in masculinity.
The American Psychological Association (APA) said in a report released in July that it was “disappointed by the current prevalence of this gender gap, as it is likely contributing to negative health outcomes and perpetuating harmful social attitudes that have negatively affected health, mental health, and economic well-being of men, and women.”
Another report released by the APA in November found that more than half of American men said there are more challenges in the world today than in the past, and one-third said that men have more power in the future.
The APA said that it is “critical that the gender gaps in health and economic opportunities for men and boys be addressed.”
The Pew report, however and other studies that have been released this year show that more men are stepping up to tackle the challenges faced by the world, especially in the U.S. The number of women who identify as feminists has risen from about one in four in 1970 to more than one in seven today.
The gap between men and men who identify with the LGBTQ community has also widened.