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Masculinity Essay

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Men always seem to be expected to be a superhero, even when it is pretty impossible to have super abilities. That expectation may have been a bit off but they do expect them to be extremely masculine all the time. The problem with that though is that masculinity is a social concept that could be defined as what society expects men to act like which is strong, bread maker, and always rock hard emotionally. Personally my opinion of this is that it is complete nonsense. Men should be able to feel how they want, not feel cornered, and some men who agree with being a brute need to take a deep breath.
Let’s start with a negative example of masculinity that promotes it in all the wrong ways. In the ...view middle of the document...

This is how these sorts of situations should be dealt with. It is more common for our society to see these people as freaks, which is incorrect. They simply do not agree with the role society has thrust upon them. Another topic would be gender fluidity. Cross dressing was common in ancient Greece and Rome (Newsweek Staff). It was not as shocking today as it was then. Then they would not be upset. Yet today people react in shock and disgust. Since dresses are considered more proper for women if they saw a man in a dress they would be upset. It is all due to society’s opinion on masculinity. Dresses are not deemed strong, therefore if a man were to wear a dress he would not be viewed as strong. Just as a side note it is acceptable for a woman to wear a dress since they are also frequently viewed as weak and below any man. “Transgender opponents have often turned to the Bible for support” (Newsweek Staff). I find this highly aggravating. People turn to the bible for anything they disagree with; they use it as a sort of cloak to justify their beliefs even if they are bigoted opinions. In reality there are many versions of the bible, they can be interpreted in many ways, and for every quote that can be found supposedly proving something is an abomination there is another quote that could make it seem an aspiration to be.
Even feminists have opinions on the defense of masculine virtues. “Almost 1 in 5 boys high-school age has been diagnosed with ADHD, boys get worse grades than girls and are less likely to go to college (Weiss). In the former example I think it shows how the public education system is hindering some children. Most boys do not try in school because the girls are the ones assumed to be smarter than all the boys and take school seriously. This leaves the popular “let boys be boys” phrase come into play as they start to slack off or goof around since why should they try if they are not the smart ones. In reality they should be encouraged they can do it. “Masculinity is just becoming something that...

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