Leader: What about the men?

Has feminism left men behind? The Blue Labour thinker Jonathan Rutherford is concerned that the loss of old certainties has left many men - particularly among the young working class - feeling alienated. The pillars that "supported traditional masculine identities have collapsed", he writes on page 28. "The male solidarity that was the backbone of the labour movement has gone. So has the family wage and, increasingly, men can no longer follow their fathers and grandfathers in the role of family breadwinner." He is right to raise these concerns. Yet the struggle for equal rights is not a zero-sum game; although feminists could do more to talk about the problems particular to men, they are not to blame for them.

This article first appeared in the 12 March 2012 issue of the New Statesman, The weaker sex