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Masculinity Essay

762 words - 3 pages


The definition of masculinity; Is the fact of being a man or having qualities considered typical of a man.
I was stuck in that sentence that what is the qualities considered typical of a man.

What is the quality of man, what is considered as a typical of a man?

1. Identities

According to Victor, since the 1960s the challenges of feminism made men feel uneasy and confused about their power and identity. Women insisted that men had also to be more emotionally involved in relationship and take greater responsibility for domestic work and childcare. There have been many compromises in renegotiating more equal gender contracts. However men had great difficulties in accepting the loss of power and status that has gone along with these changes. And I believe still men are struggling to accept that fact.

In order to explain the crisis of masculinity, I think there are two significant aspects. One is Power; the other one is femininity. In the history, men were the dominant power of society and dare to say still it is. Men had to be strong enough to get the power to dominate the society and female. Actually, men are forced to be like that to survive in the society. Because of the power of dominance, the traditional masculinity has those aspects, self- centredness, defensiveness, a strong sense of entitlement, and a strong sense of pride. But often this is difficult for men to accept because individual men can feel so unsure and powerless themselves. They find it hard to recognize themselves in the powerful images that they were forced to do by society. Especially, after the challenge of feminism. From the Stone Age time, the society was for men. First, men use their physical ability to rule the female and society. After that, when human being had the intellectual life, it wasn¡¯t really open to female. In other words, female couldn¡¯t have the chances to learn as much as male could. Therefore, men could protect themselves from the challenge of female.

As I mentioned before, the challenges of feminism made men uneasy and confused. Female took a lot of powers from men. Men had to face the fact that they don¡¯t have power over others, space, and self. Also...

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