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Andreas Kluth

A Crisis of Masculinity as Robots Replace Men

The loss of blue-collar jobs to automation reduces men's marriage prospects. That has consequences.

Where are the men?

Where are the men?

Photographer: Bloomberg/Bloomberg

It’s not easy being female. But it’s often no picnic being male either. The world is changing faster than ever and, with it, so are notions of masculinity. Many men are feeling unmoored, for better or worse.

If you happen to be James Bond, you take this flux in stride and effortlessly turn — via a few intermediary incarnations — from the Sean Connery version of manhood into the more vulnerable and complex Daniel Craig variety. But how many real-life men have an inner 007 to channel?