The “lace ceiling” is holding back men in the same way the glass ceiling holds back workplace advancement for women, according to one attendee at a recent conference at New York's Wagner College.
“We as men and males can see through it, but we can't get through it," said Edward Stephens, chairman of the newly launched Foundation for Male Studies.
An article in Canada's National Post reported from the conference on “the declining state of today's male.”
Wagner Men's Studies Professor Miles Groth stated there is a “ well-documented decline of the state of men and boys, particularly those under the age of 35, over the past 15 to 18 years.” Participants cited the fact that in this economic downturn, most pink slips went to men--and many in professions that may never make a comeback.
Also, women now make up the majority of university students, including in graduate schools, in a "dramatic reversal from the early days of feminism," states the article.
Some participants argued that challenges to men are going unrecognized. Many academics at the conference cited the need for “male studies” programs, especially at high-visibility universities, to address the state of men in the workplace in the new century.
What is the reason behind the supposed decline of men? Some attendees blamed feminists for “denigrating men.” Other attendees argued that the male studies programs could learn a lot from feminists.
Source: National Post