Considering The Concept Of “Toxic Masculinity”

Whether masculinity is “toxic” or not does not depend on one’s innate strength of character, but rather the vector upon which it is applied.

Readers Charles & Kimbell recently pointed out the concept of “Toxic Masculinity” to me.

I had heard the term before, but didn’t bother to research it because I figured it was just another one of these dumb things people make up attempting to explain situations they don’t understand.

I was right. 😀

According to en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toxic_masculinity:

The concept of toxic masculinity is used in the social sciences to describe traditional norms of behavior among men in contemporary American and European society that are associated with detrimental social and psychological effects. Such “toxic” masculine norms include dominance, devaluation of women, extreme self-reliance, and the suppression of emotions.

Conformity with certain traits viewed as traditionally male…

ok. 😀 We’re going to stop the definition right there.

This is the problem with the concept of Toxic Masculinity.

It only applies to people who are “conforming with certain traits viewed as traditionally male”.

What I mean by that is that if you have to act like a man, that means you aren’t one. o_O

Does that make sense?… If you have to act tough, that means you aren’t tough.

Dogs that bark a lot are often trying to scare you away because they don’t actually want to fight you.

Meanwhile, actual tough guys aren’t going to tell you what’s going to happen to you, you’re just going to get your block knocked off and get left there bleeding in the street.

So if you have to CONFORM with certain traits, that means you don’t naturally possess those traits and you are in fact an actor. Continue reading “Considering The Concept Of “Toxic Masculinity””