Men Like Us: Alan Bisset
Author and playwright Alan Bissett
These are the same psychological conditions necessary for war. When men bond in these ways, the glue that holds them together is fear of the other, which means that misogyny and homophobia underlie much of the male 'team' mentality. The accusation that another man could be 'woman-like' is a sanction used to bring him into line and keep him acting as part of the herd. In this respect, men have learned almost nothing from feminsim, which they still see as a threat. This is not good for either sex, as the unrealistic drive to be a strong, powerful victor leads men towards insecurity and depression when it cannot be achieved or maintained. Instead of examining these feelings (because that would be weak or womanly) men seek refuge among familiar, compounding fraternities. In such ways are they trapped by the very institutions which they think are empowering them.