By Bob Pease, Peter Camilleri
Bargains a severe figuring out of matters concerned with operating with males for college kids and practitioners in social paintings, neighborhood paintings and similar fields, and marks the start of a brand new time table for profeminist perform with males.
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For masculinity in this culture ‘real’ men do not do ‘women’s work’. Those who do provide ‘care’ have to be accounted for. The accounts range from redefining the work to questioning the sexuality of the worker. It has been noted (Pringle 1998) that social work is a selfreflective social practice and male social workers engage and are engaged in the contradictions of a gendered activity. Feminist criticisms are ‘part and parcel’ of social work education. The focus on anti-sexist and anti-discriminatory practice has the potential of sensitising male social workers.
It is a language in which power and control are central themes. This provides an argument for caring about to be seen as a masculine activity. This construction allows for the discourse of management and policy analysis to exclude women and to ascribe higher value and status to the parts of the human services sector in which men are more likely to be found. On the other hand, ‘caring for’ involves intimate and personal relationships with another. Those professions that are characterised by caring for involve the actual tasks of care.
Confronting self-harm Therapists can challenge traditional aspects of masculinity that are obviously harmful to the man or his family, for example: working long hours; neglecting his health; over use of addictive substances; expressions of anger to the exclusion of other affects such as hurt or sadness; domination and control of others and self-righteousness. Depression and attachment anxieties may underlie contemptuous, controlling or aggressive behaviours and need to be addressed if other family members are to be protected.