Vietnamese men remain mired in macho norms

By Linh Do   October 16, 2020 | 07:50 pm GMT+7Vietnamese men remain mired in macho normsAlmost all Vietnamese men think they need to be the “shoulders” for women to cry on. Illustration photo by Shutterstock.

Vietnamese men remain patriarchal, smoke and drink a lot, and feel pressured in life, a study by the Institute for Social Development Studies in Hanoi has found.

According to the study, which surveyed 2,567 men aged 18-64 from four representative geographical regions for two years, to be a “true man” in Vietnam still revolves around conservative values such as prioritizing work and career, being able to feed one’s wife and kids as the family’s breadwinner and “pillar”, daring to take risks and challenges, and being physically strong and possess sexual ability.

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