The study, carried out by the Allensbach Institute found seven percent of men believed they could not act like a “real man” because that was no longer acceptable. Sixty-four percent said they felt men and women were equal, and 35 percent said they found it hard to fulfill gender role expectations.
But that does not mean Germany's men are lacking in the macho stakes, the editor-in-chief of women's supplement Bild der Frau, Sandra Immoor, said on Monday - rather they are insecure.
Men should relax, the study's authors said, as women do not actually expect as much from them as many believe. Seventy-one percent of men believe that they should be the family breadwinner, while just 60 percent of women believe men should.
The majority of men did say that they felt they should be more family-orientated, and help more around the house.
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