Toxic masculinity, according to Kupers, encompasses socially damaging features of "hegemonic masculinity," such as sexism, homophobia, materialism, and violent dominance. It also includes behaviors associated with these traits, such as emotional suppression and aggression.
Toxic masculinities are prevalent in many societies where men hold power over women. They can be seen in relationships between fathers and sons, teachers and students, bosses and employees. These patterns can also be observed within social groups containing both men and women, such as military units or religious communities. Although they are visible across socio-economic lines, toxic masculinities are most common among those at highest risk of violence—for example, men in abusive relationships or living in high-crime neighborhoods.
People can be classified as having a toxic masculinity if they possess any one of the following characteristics: sexist toward women, uses violence to control others, enjoys seeing other people suffer, takes pride in being masculine even though this identity is harmful.
Toxic masculinities are not limited to certain cultures or countries; however, they are most common in societies where men have power over women.
Toxic-free masculinity is a concept proposed by feminist writer Jessica Valenti as an alternative to the traditional understanding of masculinity. She argues that while traditional masculinity involves being strong and independent, it can also be destructive when it becomes obsessed with strength over sensitivity or emotionality.
In other words, Valenti believes that true masculinity should include being empathetic and caring too. She also points out that many traditional masculine roles are not only unhealthy but also harmful to women too.
For example, she notes that the role of breadwinner in a marriage assumes that the woman will leave her job to take care of the home and children. This arrangement may be appropriate for some couples, but it denies women the opportunity to achieve financial independence.
Also, there are several stereotypes associated with traditional masculinity. For example, there's the idea that men should be able to handle stress and change quickly, which implies that women should not be expected to have the same capacity for resilience.
Finally, Valenti argues that traditional masculinity can be harmful to others too.
As a result, it appears that masculinity in general is getting a reputation for being "toxic." There is, however, no reason for this to be the case. The "typical" masculine characteristics of strength, confidence, and independence are virtues that everyone should strive towards. It's when these qualities are used as excuses for acting like assholes that we have a problem.
The concept of "toxic masculinity" was coined by writer Jessica Valenti in 2014. In her essay "Why Is 'Toxic Femininity' Not A Problem?," she argued that there was something insidious about the way that sexism has been incorporated into what it means to be male in our society. She wrote: "There is something particularly pernicious about calling traits associated with maleness toxic, because then they can't be celebrated or admired. They must be avoided at all costs... Words have power. How we use them matters."
Since then, other writers have come forward to argue that masculinity is not inherently bad but that there is a need to address the "toxicity" of men's attitudes toward women if we are to improve gender relations.
The "toxicity" label has become widely known through social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook. Many people share their opinions on trending topics, and this article attracted a large amount of attention when it was published on May 23, 2014.
What else do you call toxic masculinity?
The usage of the term "toxic masculinity" in the advertisement was a blatant error. While just briefly noting its use, which many men equate with a one-sided judgment and stereotype of a whole gender, we would like to more thoroughly explain its meaning.
First, it is important to understand that the term "toxic" is an adjective used to describe something that is harmful or toxicizing. So, "toxic masculinity" is simply describing masculinity as being harmful or damaging.
Second, the term "masculinity" is also used as a noun to describe the state of being male; therefore, "toxic masculinity" is again describing masculinity itself rather than any specific behavior associated with it. In other words, "toxic masculinity" is simply using masculinity as a blanket term for anything masculine or male.
Finally, the word "masculine" comes from the Latin masculus, meaning "of the male". So, "toxic masculinity" is referring to things related to males or masculine behaviors.
In conclusion, the Gillette commercial meant to show how unfair it is to judge all men based on the actions of some who misuse masculinity. Toxic masculinity is an idea used by some to criticize traditional ideas about masculinity without actually taking into account the many positive aspects of this type of masculinity.