Millions of American men are on the sidelines of life in the United States. They are disconnected from work, family, fatherhood, and civic life. They struggle with their identity as men. They are unhealthy and often addicts. Some have chosen to disengage from many of the traditional responsibilities of American manhood. They are struggling and hurting. 

Yet, they are largely invisible to most Americans.

Who are these “lost men”: those who have left the workforce, isolate themselves, have little or no contact with their children, and are often angry toward women, employers, and government. While most would immediately think of the out-of-work coal miner in middle America, the population of men who find themselves “out” includes many Millennial men, formerly incarcerated men, and men over 50 who are higher up the socioeconomic ladder. Are these men forced out by larger economic forces? Is something happening culturally that is leading to their isolation?


See also:

Real Clear Books: "Book of the Week"

I Spoke to Hundreds of American Men

All the Lonely Men

Misogyny Online Debases a Culture That Valued Gallantry

Democrats are Giving Up on White Men

Ex-Felons Need Help Restoring Lives

We Need a Federal Office of Men's Health

Kavanaugh, Sex, and Modern Masculinity


Why Progressives Should Stop Avoiding Men’s Issues, Washington Post, Jan. 28, 2019


In the Trenches of the Gender Wars, SF Chronicle, Feb. 1, 2019



Man Out: Men on the Sidelines of American LIfe



"American Stuck on the Sidelines" (Brookings podcast) []


“Book of the Week: Man Out,” RealClear Books []     

 “The Democrats and White Men,” USA Today []

“How to Talk About Men’s Problems,” []

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