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    Is there the phrase "a new good man" in English?

    I'm doing my Chinese-English translation homework.
    There is a phrase in Chinese describing a man who is nice and gentle, usually helping his wife do housework and trying his best to create a harmonious atmosphere in family, different from the traditional man in a patriarcal society. If I directly translate the Chinese phrase into English, it can be called "a new good man." But it sounds a little wierd. So, I'm asking, is there any other equivalent phrase in English to express it?
    Thank you very much!

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    Re: Is there the phrase "a new good man" in English?

    A "new good man" does sound a bit odd, maybe a phrase like "a modern man" or "a modern husband" would be better. Both (to me anyway) imply someone who is more involved with household duties than a "traditional husband", though they probably miss out on the nuance of "trying to create a harmonious atmosphere".

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    Re: Is there the phrase "a new good man" in English?

    A man who helps with the housework and also one who takes care of himself (moisturises his face) etc was known as a "new man". Some people use the phrase "metro-sexual" for a man who takes good care of his appearance and uses products which were once the preserve of women.

    I haven't heard either phrase for a while. I think, in the UK at least, it has become much more "normal" for men to behave in this way and many men now do their fair share of the housework etc (some willingly and some with encouragement!)
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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