A terrific new documentary by Marc de Guerre starts with the dramatic drop of full-time employment for men in the United States.
- Between December 2007 and March of 2010 the United States lost 8.2 million jobs. 80% of these jobs belonged to men.
- In 2008, the share of men in the United States with a full time job fell to 69%.
Rather than rest with the stories of some hard-hit men, The End of Men uses this moment to examine the crumbling of old ideas of manhood.
These changes have unleashed many questions around what it means to be a man in the 21st century. We are living in a time when many of the old ways will no longer work, and it is clear that the way forward for men lies in learning to adapt to a world they no longer dominate. Now men are now facing a choice: embrace and adapt to the place the world is becoming—or live among the ruins of a place that no longer exists.
The End of Men follows several men who are forced to rethink their lives and values. Along the way, the filmmaker turns to a number of academics and activists (both men and women) to explore the costs of of dominant forms of masculinity to men ourselves. It charts an optimistic path to the future.
It’s a smart and gorgeous film. (By way of disclosure, I should say I’m one of the people interviewed in the film, but I won’t claim either the smart or gorgeous descriptions for myself!)
After airing in Canada on CBC, it is now available (at least for those logging in from Canada) at http://www.cbc.ca/documentaries/doczone/video.html.
For those in the rest of the world, the promo is on You Tube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hGEwpBdoQZc&feature=channel . It will likely show up on You Tube sometime in February.
I’ll update this post from time to time once international distribution details are available.
(Updated Feb. 5 & 7)