Friday, November 18, 2016

4 Ways Sexist, Macho Culture Hurts Men

Erika L. Sánchez wrote this interesting article, it talks about how masculinity and male culture harms both women and men, but it largely focuses on men.
I think it's interesting that Sánchez concentrates on how masculinity hurts men, because it may appeal to men more, as it directly affects them instead of affecting someone else. 

Sánchez discusses how because of how our society socializes men, they severely repress their emotions, which leads to them “becoming incapable of understanding who they are and what they feel.” She then goes to discuss how repressing emotions can actually lead to physical consequences, such as heart disease, high blood pressure, and back pain.

She then goes on to discuss how macho culture encourages aggression and violence. Sánchez discusses how the encouragement to be violence can lead to men not being able to relax. After, she discusses how our culture helps encourage violence with our movie and music glorifying it and teaching young boys that violence is the way to solve things.

Moving on, Sánchez examines the third way that dominant masculinity harms men; it perpetuates one-dimensional representation of men in the media.

Lastly, Sánchez analyzes how masculinity damages relationships, like in how they treat women or how they interact with their friends.


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