The Importance Of Masculinity

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Traditionally, men have had the upper hand over everyone else, both in social and economic situations. Many people look at men and think “Why can’t I have the privilege of being able to not worry about my appearance without people telling me I look ‘tired’? Or why can’t I walk down the street at night and not worry about getting assaulted, physically or sexually? And why can’t I support my favorite sports team because I like them, not because I am trying to please someone else?” While men have enjoyed many privileges in the past, maybe being a man isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Men are always under scrutiny, they always have to try and prove their dominance, they are forbidden from having emotions and being able to express themselves as humans, and conditioned to hate anyone that is different from themselves.…show more content…
We have all seen it, from shaking another man’s hand that somehow dissolves into a “how hard can you squeeze” contest or having special, unscented wipes or other body product labeled as “for dudes” because it comes in a black package. Writer Paul Theroux uses a quote from the chapter covering “Fetishism” in Dr. Norman Cameron’s book Personality Development and Psychopathology “Fetishist are nearly always men; and their commonest fetish is a woman’s shoe.” He then follows with “I cannot read this sentence without thinking that it is just one more awful thing about being a man” (Theroux 166). Recently, I have been seeing many stories about sexual harassment and rape plaguing the news. These stories are terrible, but there is a trend among them: they involve a
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