The past few years have seen a growing movement to attack and undermine masculinity. The media, academia, and even many men have bought into the idea that masculinity is toxic and that men are the root of all the world’s problems.
This is a harmful and dangerous view that is causing immense damage to men and boys all over the world. It’s time to take a stand and fight back against this negative and harmful view of masculinity. In this article, we will explore the reasons why men are being attacked more than ever and what we can do to stop it.
The ever-changing definition of masculinity
: One of the main reasons why men are being attacked more than ever is due to the ever-changing definition of masculinity. In modern society, there are so many different ideas about what it means to be a “real” man, and this can be incredibly confusing and overwhelming for men who are trying to figure out who they are and how they should act. However, there is no one “right” way to be a man, and there is no universal set of characteristics that defines masculinity. Instead, what it means to be a man is evolving and changing all the time, as society and culture evolves. This can be both confusing and disempowering for many men, who may feel like they are “losing” their manhood as new standards are set. The media’s role in the erosion of masculinity: Another factor contributing to the erosion of masculinity is the media and the way it portrays men. In the media, men are often depicted as either incompetent buffoons or evil villains. There is a pervasive idea that men are incapable of being balanced, reasonable, and responsible and that they are only capable of violence and destruction. This narrative seeks to discredit men and paints them in an unfairly negative light. Furthermore, the media serves as a platform for men to be held to impossible standards. Men are expected to be strong, successful, and sexually attractive, as well as emotionally available and in touch with their “feminine side”. This puts an immense amount of pressure on men to conform to a particular ideal. This pressure can be incredibly damaging, as men who fail to live up to these standards are seen as inferior and are often ostracized.
The effects of the erosion of masculinity
: The effects of the erosion of masculinity can be seen in myriad ways. Men are more likely to suffer from a lack of mental health support and resources, as they are often too ashamed or embarrassed to speak up and seek help. There is also a gender wage gap in many countries, with women earning less than their male counterparts. In addition, men are more likely to suffer from addiction and homelessness due to their lack of support and resources. One of the most concerning effects of the erosion of masculinity is the rise in suicide rates among men. Men are three times more likely to commit suicide than women, a statistic that is even starker for young men under the age of 30. This tragic and devastating phenomenon is a result of men being ridiculed for not meeting certain standards of masculinity and not seeking help when they are struggling. Male suicide is an alarming issue that has been on the rise in recent years. It is not only heartbreaking but also alarming to see the number of men that are taking their own lives due to depression, mental health issues, and other factors. To prevent male suicides, it is essential to understand the underlying causes and take steps to provide support and assistance to those who are at risk.
MASCULINITY IN BEING PORTRAIT AS EVIL
In modern society, the concept of masculinity is often portrayed as something negative or evil. This is due to the fact that traditional masculine traits such as aggression and dominance are no longer seen as desirable in today's world. As a result, men are expected to be more sensitive and emotionally intelligent, which can lead to a feeling of unease or even guilt for those who don't fit this new ideal. This can have damaging effects on men's mental health and their relationships with others. It is important to recognize that there is nothing wrong with being masculine and that it can be used in positive ways when done right.
How to stop the erosion of masculinity
: One of the best ways to stop the erosion of masculinity is to start more meaningful conversations about men and masculinity. We need to talk more about the positive aspects of masculinity, such as strength, courage, and resilience, and how these can be harnessed for good. We also need to prioritize mental health support and resources for men, so that they can access the help they need when they are struggling. In addition, we also need to challenge the idea that there is only one way to be a man. We need to create a safe and supportive environment where men are free to explore and express their own version of masculinity, without fear of being judged or ostracized. Finally, we need to recognize and appreciate the diverse range of roles that men play in society, and recognize the invaluable contributions that men make to their communities and the world at large.