How Toxic Masculinity Looks Across Different Cultures
Being a man means different things in different cultures and races. Some behaviors associated with being a man can be harmful, and we call this toxic masculinity. It includes things like suppressing emotions, being aggressive, wanting to control others, and discriminating against women and LGBTQ+ people.
These harmful behaviors are influenced by cultural expectations. For example, in some cultures, men are expected to be dominant and in charge, while in others, they are encouraged to be more equal with women. Racial stereotypes can also play a role, with some races being expected to be overly strong or aggressive.
When societies treat men and women equally, it helps to challenge toxic masculinity. But in places where men are expected to be in control and women are seen as less important, these harmful behaviors can continue.
It's important to understand that not everyone in a culture or race acts this way, and challenging toxic masculinity requires efforts from individuals and society. By recognizing the common ground between cultures and considering people's different backgrounds, we can promote healthier ways of being a man in our diverse world. What are some ways you think is toxic masculinity has gone unchecked or overlooked?