Toxic masculinity’s exact definition has changed over time.
Toxic masculinity is defined as “the constellation of socially regressive [masculine] qualities that contribute to fostering domination, the devaluation of women, homophobia, and wanton violence,” according to research published in the Journal of School of Psychology.
Exaggerated male characteristics generally accepted or even praised in many cultures are commonly referred to as “toxic masculinity” in modern society.
- ‘Manliness’ also plays a crucial role in this bad image of masculinity.
- an absence of feeling
- sexual prowess or potency
A real man,’ in the eyes of conventional toxic masculine values, is a man who exhibits a sufficient number of these characteristics.
If these characteristics are emphasized too much, it can lead to unhealthy imbalances in the lives of those striving to live up to them. Here are a few examples:
- hostility or control in the area of sexual relations
- repressing or suppressing one’s feelings
- a desire to control or dominate others
- violent tendencies or the exaltation of violence
- a lack of human compassion
- sexism and homophobia
Telling someone expressing emotion to “find the courage” or hide their feelings is one example. Emotion or vulnerability might be viewed as ‘unmanly,’ as in this example.
The adage “boys will be boys” is another typical example. Young men should be encouraged to engage in reckless, violent, or harmful behavior rather than being taught to take responsibility for their actions.
We can see how communities and cultures have traditionally valued men via expressions like this. This problem might lead to an even more toxic attitude towards these activities because of these views.
Toxic masculinity’s earliest uses
During the 1980s, the phrase “toxic masculinity” was coined to describe the mythopoetic men’s movement. This movement, formed by men for men, was designed to give men a place to express their manliness.’
For some guys, the current world’s view of traditionally male or masculine actions has made them feel like they can no longer express themselves.
According to the activists, male chauvinism and hostility toward women would result if they did not act on these male tendencies.
The mythopoetic men’s movement’s original definition of toxic masculinity was challenged shortly afterward. To begin with, this was because it implied that there was only one pure version of masculinity, and this is not the case.
What are the roots of men’s values?
When early humans employed power, for example, to impose dominance or take command, many others viewed them as masculine.
Fight-and-hunting men are the most successful male human beings. Aggressiveness, cruelty, and physical power were probably the most sought-after qualities in those days.
For millennia, people have behaved in this way. Men in positions of authority have long amassed their wealth and influence by subjugating and subjugating others.
Until the 1980s and 1990s, when these conventional masculine habits became incompatible with contemporary society’s values, this pattern remained intact.
However, despite the shift in attitudes toward these traditional male practices brought about by contemporary society, certain groups and subcultures continue to be victimized by these ‘supposed standards.’
Masculinity can become “toxic” at this point. It is this drive for some men to conform to an ideology that has long since been out of date that is the problem.