Paper Title

[2.2] Smashing the Patriarchy: Defeating Toxic Ideals of Masculinity

Location

IB 1019

Start Date

January 2020

End Date

January 2020

Disciplines

History | Philosophy | Political Science

Presentation Type

Presentation

Abstract

Since humans began gathering together and forming societies, the idea of social norms has reigned as a prime motivator for behaviour. Anyone deviating from those norms would be ostracized, so people tend to toe the line and behave like everyone else. Men ended up falling into the role of stoic, emotionless, strong leaders of the household and have not been able to break out since. Even today's contemporary society expects that men will fill this role, labelling things like emotion or vulnerability as weak. The way masculinity is viewed today has created a world that thrives on shame. Women are indisputably victims of toxic masculinity, though these toxic ideals impact everyone to varying degrees. Men are becoming more isolated and lonely than ever before, but cannot reach out for help without being ridiculed by the system. The current definitions of masculinity are ones that promote toxic behaviour across the entire gender spectrum, posing a severe threat to society as a whole.

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[2.2] Smashing the Patriarchy: Defeating Toxic Ideals of Masculinity

IB 1019

Since humans began gathering together and forming societies, the idea of social norms has reigned as a prime motivator for behaviour. Anyone deviating from those norms would be ostracized, so people tend to toe the line and behave like everyone else. Men ended up falling into the role of stoic, emotionless, strong leaders of the household and have not been able to break out since. Even today's contemporary society expects that men will fill this role, labelling things like emotion or vulnerability as weak. The way masculinity is viewed today has created a world that thrives on shame. Women are indisputably victims of toxic masculinity, though these toxic ideals impact everyone to varying degrees. Men are becoming more isolated and lonely than ever before, but cannot reach out for help without being ridiculed by the system. The current definitions of masculinity are ones that promote toxic behaviour across the entire gender spectrum, posing a severe threat to society as a whole.