Sexual responsibility, fatherhood and discourses of masculinity among socially and economically disadvantaged young men in Ireland
The report explores sexual responsibility, experiences of fatherhood and constructions of masculinity among young men who come from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds in Ireland.
The study also examines how sexual responsibility, fatherhood and masculinity are represented in the popular media which young men watched, and the possible impact of these representations on young men’s ideas and behaviours relating to sexual responsibility and fatherhood. The report vividly captures the experiences, opinions and attitudes of the study participants in relation to sexual activity, their role as fathers and how they view themselves as men. Men can have a big influence on a couple’s contraceptive practice and reproductive decision-making and have a key role to play within a family when they become fathers.