So, Sonia, you want men to talk about gender issues (Orchard, ‘I wish men were as interested in discussing gender issues as women are’, Daily Life, 2 Sep 16). By which you meant, to quote you, ‘Why aren’t men discussing how they’re feeling?’, eventually, why do men behave ‘appallingly’ and – rather conclusively – that men have ‘a warped perception of what a man is supposed to be’ (a rather biased conclusion when you ask for a discussion!).
OK, I’ll talk. But first, I don’t think I’m your ‘normal’ man. I think I’m pretty feminist and egalitarian (setting myself up here…). I don’t like lots of men’s interests and pursuits (heavy drinking, men only groups, being out with the boys). But I do have some things about me that I don’t like that are very ‘male’. I don’t understand these aspects of me and I don’t think you, or women generally, understand them either.Read More »