1 Part Chivalry, 1 Part Toxic Masculinity

In Society, men are taught to be chivalrous. They are taught that they are to be the “bread-winners” within a relationship, earning more than their female partner. They are taught that they are supposed to do anything and everything for their female partner, for they are thought to be weak and fragile. This view of women lessens the value of women. It puts women in a submissive position, and men in the dominant position. This negates the possibilities of women every accomplishing anything more than a house wife.

Men are also taught that they are supposed to fit a certain image. Men are taught that they are supposed to be fit, masculine, and muscular. Being a man means never sharing their feelings; hardening their hearts. Men are taught that repressing emotion will make them more efficient. However, this ideal image of what a real man is can have negative effects on men as a whole. Men are held to ridiculous standards of appearance. This can lead to self loathing and suicidal thought processes. Not expressing emotion also compounds the problem. In 2013, male suicide rate was 20.2% while female suicide was at 5.5% (Suicide Rates).

Sources: Toxic Masculinity, Chivalry

Separate and NOT Equal

In Society, there has been and still is a large bias towards the male gender. During past centuries in China, the One Child policy was responsible for the deaths of many a female newborn. Every family desperately wanted to have boys. In America, women are still being paid less in the workplace. In respect to sexual intercourse, women are harshly judged and condemned for having multiple partners while men are praised. It would be perfectly fine for a man to express themselves physically in a public setting. However, if a woman were to do that, they would be called names similar to “whore,” “slut,” and “loose.”

Men are groomed to be strong, masculine, and unfeeling. On the other hand, women are born to be gentile nurtures and are considered weak and fraile. These gender roles negatively affect both of genders. At an early age, men are taught to hide and bottle up their emotions. They are taught that emotions are linked to inferiority. Women taught at a young age that they need to find a male partner to male it through life. They are taught that they can’t live independently. Why are these roles in place? With such an evolving society as the one that we have before us, are these gender roles even valid anymore? This is what I will be exploring and researching.