A groundbreaking research conducted by Canadian scientists uncovered insightful discoveries into the various behaviors that men showcase in their relationships. Spearheaded by Dr. John Oliffe of the University of British Columbia’s men’s health research program, the study was conducted via interviews with 92 males ranging between the ages of 19-43 from varying cultural backgrounds. From the collected data, three primary archetypes were coined and identified which were correlated with distinct roles and outlooks – the Neo-Traditionalist, the Egalitarian, and the Progressive. This study emphasizes the indispensable part that gender perspectives play in psychological health.
Neo-Traditionalist – Embracing Conventional Roles
The Neo-Traditionalist man finds comfort in adhering to conventional gender roles, often assuming the role of the provider and protector. This traditional framework often entails a division of responsibilities along lines defined by societal norms, with financial matters typically being the man’s domain and household tasks the woman’s. Participants’ narratives provided tangible insights into these categories. A Neo-Traditionalist shared that he is responsible for the bills, and his significant other takes care of household matters, including future family arrangements and cooking.
Egalitarian – Striving for Balance
Egalitarian men champion the cause of equality, actively seeking a partnership founded on shared responsibilities and balanced contributions. This type of relationship centers on a tangible exchange of efforts, ensuring both partners engage on an equitable footing. Egalitarian behaviors encompassed a balanced division of household duties, shared financial obligations, and the practice of taking turns to cover expenses on dates.
Progressive – Redefining Norms Through Open Dialogue
Progressive men chart an innovative course, engaging in transparent conversations with their partners aimed at co-creating gender equity. Collaboratively, they redefine roles and responsibilities, often departing from traditional constructs. These relationships are characterized by a commitment to fostering equality and challenging conventional norms. Progressive participants recounted stories of ensuring mutual satisfaction in the relationship and challenging conventional notions of masculinity.