Study: Older Men Cling To A 1950s, ’60s Blueprint Of Masculinity

Men tend to follow outdated ideas of masculinity, finds new study. Researchers from Case Western Reserve University reviewed data from 100 older studies and found that as men age, they continue to follow dominant ideas of masculinity learned as youth, leaving them unequipped for the emotions of old age. Study co-author Kaitlyn Langendoerfer explains, “In our study, we hear men struggling with grief– which is a vulnerable state– and caregiving, which is associated with femininity. If they must cry, men feel it’s to be done in the home, away from others, even when [their] spouse has died. They have to renegotiation their masculinity in order to deal with what life is bringing their way.” (EurekAlert!