The Costs and Consequences of Traditional Masculinity

Understanding the “Gender” Issues

Sacha | Thoughts

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The quintessential depiction of masculinity within the patriarchal framework is traditionally embodied by traits of strength, stoicism, and dominance.

This stereotype enforces an unwavering image of masculinity, expecting men to be resilient and seemingly impervious to the emotional complexities and disturbances of life.

However, this illusion of invulnerability bears significant costs.

It actively deters men from seeking necessary assistance, whether for physical health concerns or mental well-being, thereby fostering a cultural milieu where emotional intelligence is not just undervalued but often actively suppressed.

As society (thankfully!) gradually shifts away from these rigid gender constructs, the lingering influence of these traditional expectations do however, still remain pervasive in many spheres of our lives — frequently perpetuated, often subconsciously, due to their entrenched position in our cultural narrative.

Men, in striving to align with some of these continuing norms, are more prone to engaging in dangerous behaviors, neglecting their health needs, and consistently choosing silence over vulnerability.

This silence is a fertile ground for detrimental coping mechanisms like substance abuse and can escalate into acts of violence — an ominous and frequently overlooked byproduct of the pressure to maintain a masculine front.

These issues highlight the broader scope of patriarchal structures, encompassing not only the systemic oppression of women but also the perpetuation of inequality.

And while women have historically played a role in upholding these patriarchal standards, it’s important to understand that their involvement has often been driven by the necessity to navigate and survive within these systems, rather than being the architects of them.

Patriarchal systems also set the parameters for femininity, often placing masculinity and femininity in opposition.

In this dichotomous structure, while men are discouraged from exhibiting vulnerability, women might be discouraged from showing traits such as…

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Sacha | Thoughts

Sociologist and writer focused on analysing societal power dynamics and promoting positive social change