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					ICA TALKS
SEPTEMBER 2005
ICA, The Mall, London SW1
Tickets & Information: 020 7930 3647 / www.ica.org.uk

THE FUTURE OF MEN
From the deterioration of the Y chromosome to declining sperm counts, from
the allegedly poor performance of boys within the education system to the
allegedly poor performance of men as fathers, masculinity appears to be
embattled and suffering from an unprecedented lack of morale. But is the
‘crisis of masculinity’ real or just media-generated fantasy?       Is our
feminised society systematically hostile to men and boys, or is the male of
the species simply too accustomed to having things all his own way? The
Future of Men takes stock of the problems faced by modern manhood, and
wonders what needs to be done.

THE FUTURE OF MEN
Thur 8 Sept, 7.15pm
THE FUTURE OF FATHERHOOD
Fathers are continually reminded by the media and Government of their
rights and responsibilities, but what does it really mean to be a father at
the beginning of the 21st century? Is fatherhood better understood as a
genetic or an emotional relationship? Is it a path chosen voluntarily, or
can the State successfully force people to be fathers of their children? Is
a new and non-punitive model of fatherhood slowly emerging from the ruins
of the demise of traditional gender roles?
Speakers: Anne Widdecombe, MP and author of Act of Peace; Darcus Howe,
writer and broadcaster; Stephanie Merritt, Deputy Literary Editor, The
Observer and author of Real; Matt O’Connor, Founder of Fathers 4 Justice.
Chair: Dave Hill, journalist and author of Single Men.
£8, £7 Concs, £6 ICA Members
Nash Room

THE FUTURE OF MEN
Tue 13 Sept, 7pm
LIONEL TIGER ON THE DESCENT OF MEN
As society becomes increasingly feminised, where does that leave men and
boys? In a controversial lecture, Lionel Tiger, Charles Darwin Professor of
Anthropology at Rutgers University and author of The Decline of Males,
argues that with the advent of the pill and legalised abortion in the
1960s, women won an unprecedented and wholly desirable degree of control
over biological reproduction. Men, on the other hand, slowly became
alienated from biological reproduction. Within family life, men are now
increasingly outlaws rather than in-laws. Our education system has also
become increasingly feminised. The relationship between the genders is out
of sync, he argues, and both men and women are suffering as a result. A
discussion with Kate Fox,

For further press information please contact: Natasha Plowright, 020 7766 1404
/ natashap@ica.org.uk or Emma Pettit, 020 7766 1406 / emmap@ica.org.uk
Co-Director of the Social Issues Research Centre and author of Watching the
English, will follow.
£8, £7 Concs, £6 ICA Members,
Nash Room


THE FUTURE OF MEN
Cinema 1: 14 Sept, 8.30pm
SPECIAL PREVIEW: EVERYTHING
‘a forcefully executed, slow-burning thriller…develops its themes of
confession and obsession with an unsettling intelligence’ Variety
As part of The Future of Men talks series, the ICA presents a preview of a
new British film starring the ultimate male icon, Ray Winstone.
Dir Richard Hawkins UK 2005, 91 mins
This screening will be introduced by director Richard Hawkins. Everything
will open at the ICA in October
Ticketholders for any The Future of Men talks can see this preview for a
special price of £3.50

Thur 15 Sept, 7.30pm
WHO’S A METROSEXUAL?
Futurologists argue that male vanity — or ‘manity’ — will be one of the
most important consumer trends of the next decade. But is the alleged rise
of the metrosexual — the cosmopolitan, feminised male — just a marketing
and advertising phenomenon or does it reflect an important shift in the
nature of masculinity? Is it good for men to become more conscious of their
bodies and their appearance, or does it leave them vulnerable to the same
fears of inadequacy with which women have long wrestled?
Marian Salzman, Executive Vice President, Director of Strategic Content,
JWT and author of The Future of Men; Frank Furedi, Professor of Sociology
at the University of Kent and author of The Politics of Fear; Mark Simpson,
author of Male Impersonators; Terri Apter, social psychologist and author
of The Myth of Maturity.     Chair: William Leith, journalist and author of
The Hungry Years.
£8, £7 Concs, £6 ICA Members
Nash Room

THE FUTURE OF MEN
Fri 16 Sept, 7pm
CRAIG BROWN’S MEN FRIENDS
Craig Brown, Britain’s greatest living satirist and parodist, presents a
variety of men talking — among them Martin Amis, Tony Blair, W G Sebald,
Harold Pinter, Mohamed Fayed, Jeremy Clarkson and Kenneth Tynan. Craig
Brown writes for Private Eye and The Daily Telegraph is the author of 1966
And All That. Followed by a discussion with Francis Wheen, author of
bestselling biographies of Karl Marx and Tom Driberg.
£8, £7 Concs, £6 ICA Members
Theatre

THE FUTURE OF MEN
Sun 18 Sept, 4pm
WHY MEN KILL THEMSELVES
The number of suicides by young men has increased to epidemic proportions;
of the 4,000 deaths by suicide in the UK each year alone, the majority will
have been male. The majority of these men will not have asked for help
before their deaths. Why do men, particularly young men, kill themselves?
For further press information please contact: Natasha Plowright, 020 7766 1404
/ natashap@ica.org.uk or Emma Pettit, 020 7766 1406 / emmap@ica.org.uk
What can this tendency reveal about the changing role of young men in
contemporary society? How does individual violence relate to political
violence, both on an individual and state level? Speakers: leading French
psychoanalysts Geneviève Morel and Franz Kaltenbeck, authors of The Suicide
Clinic [Le Clinique du Suicide] and Susie Orbach, psychoanalyst and writer.
Chair: Andrew Samuels, Jungian Analyst and writer on masculinity.
£8, £7 Concs, £6 ICA Members
Nash Room

THE FUTURE OF MEN/XL L M SLOVENIA
Sat 24 Sept, 6.45pm
ZIZEK ON SEXUAL HARASSMENT
In the last 30 years, the idea of sexual politics has slowly morphed into
the politics of sexual harassment. Among feminists, employers and the law,
men are singled out as its main perpetrators and women its main victims. In
a highly controversial lecture, the Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Zizek, one
of the most important critics of Western culture at work in the world
today, argues that the politics of harassment and sexual harassment are
more important than have been hitherto recognised. Hidden within the demand
to be free from harassment, he argues, is a politically conservative fear
of proxmity which we should seek to explode.        Zizek will conclude by
arguing in favour of harassment within the limits of reason.
£8, £7 Concs, £6 ICA Members
Cinema 1

THE FUTURE OF MEN
Mon 26 Sep, 6.45pm
THE TROUBLE WITH BOYS
Sometimes it's hard to be a boy or a young man. Evidence abounds that boys
are underachieving at school and find it more difficult than girls to
express their emotions. Are boys genetically predisposed to struggle early
on in life, or do they simply need more encouragement and the opportunity
to flourish? Is it time for boys to be given their own specialist support
in the classroom and beyond? Would it help if we provided them with
stronger role models?
Speakers: Steve Jones, Professor of Genetics, University College London and
author of Y: The Descent of Men; Lord Taylor of Warwick; Victoria
Glendinning, biographer and co-editor of Sons and Mothers. Chair: Barbara
Myers, presenter, Radio 4.
£8, £7 Concs, £6 ICA Members
Brandon Room




For further press information please contact: Natasha Plowright, 020 7766 1404
/ natashap@ica.org.uk or Emma Pettit, 020 7766 1406 / emmap@ica.org.uk

				
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