Saturday, November 5, 2016

How Our Perception of Masculinity is Changing

"What masculinity has been thought to be has changed over time. It's a simple point. But it has incredible implications. The reasons why we would consider someone "manly," "macho," "butch," or "masculine," for instance, are not historically constant. Different groups have collectively answered the question "What does it mean to be a man?" in different ways at different points in time" (Pascoe and Bridges 37).

What it means to be masculine is not set in stone. The ways that people are socialized to be masculine change and can be interpreted differently over time. It is important to keep a dialogue going about masculinity for us as a society to deconstruct the positives and negatives of such socialization. I feel that this video accurately portrays the shifting views of "being a man" and is a significant step in the right direction.

These Men's Responses to "Be A Man" Shows How Masculinity Standards Are Changing

Work Cited

Pascoe, C. J., and Tristan Bridges. “Historicizing Masculinities.” Exploring Masculinities: Identity, Inequality, Continuity and Change, Oxford U P,  NY, 2016, pp. 37-49

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