Toxic Masculinity

A social science term that describes the narrow repressive type of ideas about the male gender role, that defines masculinity as exaggerated masculine traits like being violent, unemotional, sexually aggressive, and so forth. Also suggests that men who act too emotional or maybe aren't violent enough or don't do all of the things that "real men" do, can get their "man card" taken away.

Many people confuse the difference between Masculinity and toxic Masculinity. However, one can be masculine without having toxic Masculinity.

Some beliefs of toxic masculinity are that:

  • Interactions between men and women always have to be competitive and not cooperative.
  • Men can never truly understand women
  • Men and women can never just be friends.
  • REAL men need to be strong and that showing emotion is a sign of weakness... unless it's anger, that is considered okay.
  • Men can never be victims of abuse and talking about it is shameful.
  • REAL men always want sex and are ready for it at any time.
  • Violence is the answer to everything and REAL men solve their problems through violence.
  • Men could never be single parents and shouldn't be very interactive in their children's learning and development
  • Men should always be the dominant one in the relationship or else he's a "Cuck."
  • Any interest in a range of things that are strictly considered feminine would be an emasculation of a guy.
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