The Male Sex Role: Definitions, Problems, and Sources of Change

  title={The Male Sex Role: Definitions, Problems, and Sources of Change},
  author={Joseph H. Pieck},
  journal={Journal of Social Issues},
This article examines some persistent paradoxes in the definition of the male role, and proposes a distinction between traditional and modern male roles. Four current perspectives on the problems of the male role are distinguished: individual-level sex-role identity, cultural-level sex-role identity, contradictory socialization role strain, and inherent role strain. Finally, sources and forms of change in the male role are analyzed in terms of a distinction between the male role in relationship… Expand
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