Examples of toxic masculinity
Examples of toxic masculinity
boys who are not afraid of loving feminine things and who don’t associate with toxic masculinity r the best type of men
Where does toxic masculinity come from?
The term toxic masculinity originated during the late 1980s as part of something called the Mythopoetic Men’s Movement.
A response to feminism, this movement sought to contrast ideals of masculinity seen as toxic (social pressures to be dominant, aggressive, and independent) with deep masculinity (a more natural, in-touch-with-oneself maleness and more fully developed male-male relationships). The term toxic masculinity also appeared in psychological circles in the late 1980s investigating feminism and masculinity through Freudian and Jungian perspectives.
Toxic masculinity is loosely defined as masculine traits and ways of thinking or behaving that negatively impact both men and society as a whole. More extreme, obvious examples include misogyny and homophobia but it takes more insidious forms like a need for dominance, fear of showing weakness, performative violent tendencies, sexual entitlement and aggression, and controlling behavior.
Toxic masculinity has been tied to the concept of the patriarchy (control of society by men) and often stands opposed to social justice efforts like gender, racial, and income equality.
There’ve been tons of angry messages after my thread yesterday from men arguing there’s no such thing as toxic masculinity, that women aren’t mistreated, and that the patriarchy is a myth. Meanwhile, almost all refer to female politicians “being put in their place.” https://t.co/ppTvuhA08Y
— Jared Yates Sexton (@JYSexton) May 25, 2019
The term and concept rose to social prominence in 2016 during the presidential campaign of Donald Trump, who was criticized for exemplifying many of the worst aspects of toxic masculinity and encouraging it among his supporters, whether in rallies or alt-right corners of Reddit. Instances include his bragging about committing sexual assault (his infamous “grab them by the pussy remarks” excused as “locker-room talk”), demeaning women with slurs (calling his opponent Hillary Clinton “a nasty woman”), and fixating on his own prestige and putting down others (boasting he knew more about ISIS than seasoned military generals do).
This isn't really about Biden. Or even Trump. It's about choosing a better future than our past. We were all taught that toxic masculinity was OK and to uphold the patriarchy. Building a more inclusive, respectful version of our country is way past due. That starts at the top.
— Adam Best (@adamcbest) June 16, 2019
Following Trump’s election, toxic masculinity became the focus of much public discussion—and scrutiny—as a result of the #MeToo movement in late 2017, in which scores of women came forward to reveal their sexual harassment and assault at the hands of powerful men in their lives, such as employers, executives (e.g., Harvey Weinstein), colleagues (e.g., Matt Lauer), friends, and family.
Toxic masculinity is considered a major factor of rape culture, promoting the sexual and professional abuse of women by men.
Who uses toxic masculinity?
In popular contexts, toxic masculinity is often cited as “ruining” a group activity or a social experience, making a positive experience more exclusionary toward women and hostile to everyone.
Spoiler alert if you're trashing an IKEA in England the chances are the staff who have to clean up your mess are not Swedish… Toxic masculinity ruining sport for everyone since forever
— Ruth Davies 💖💜💙 (@_RuthDavies_) July 7, 2018
Toxic masculinity is also commonly discussed in debates about racial prejudice, as differences in social privilege and cultural background can create variations of toxic masculinity.
One effort to combat toxic masculinity involves teaching men and boys that emotionally vulnerable behavior (crying, asking for help, admitting defeat) is healthier than toxic masculine behavior.