So last night at around 1am as I was taking a break from working on the script of How to be a Man, for the upcoming performances at Plymouth Fringe Festival, a thought occurred to me and I decided, as I have many times before, to rewrite the conclusion of How to be a Man. I can’t help myself, I love to tinker and the topic of this show is so vast and complicated that I find myself constantly making small changes. The change doesn’t make a huge difference, but it’s more on topic. I have a fear of stating my own opinion too boldly, which I think is good. After all, I know much less about life than most people, that said, I’ve realised that at some point I need to start putting more of myself into this project. So that’s what I’ve done. Here is the new final paragraph of How to be a Man. Don’t worry it’s not a massive spoiler, I just wanted to share it and see what feedback I get.
“There is a crisis of masculinity and it is a crisis of white, middle-class, straight, western men. It’s caused by a challenge to the established male privilege from feminist and equal rights movements. There are two reactions to this crisis. There’s a desperate defence of that male privilege and there is an overwhelming feeling of guilt and unease because that privilege came at a cost. These reactions sit side by side, pulling in two different directions. So for me the question isn’t how to be a man. There are already so many ways to be a man. The problem is that none of us are doing it well enough. We abolish slavery, give women the vote, legalise gay marriage and then pat ourselves on the back for having made things right, only we haven’t even come close. The only way to overcome the crisis of masculinity is to find a way to let go of our male privilege and all of the tired, outdated symbols and signifiers that come with it.”
So yeah, that’s what I wrote very late last night. Probably want to keep tweaking it. After having a fit of being passionate about something and writing I tend to look back the next day and think “maybe that was a bit too passionate and dramatic, maybe I should tone it down a bit” But I’ve decided instead to put it on the interweb to be judged. So go on citizens of the nether-sphere, let me know what you think. Unless you’re a Men’s Rights Activist, I respect that you have your own opinion, I just don’t what to hear it. Soz mate.