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Masculinity and the Demonization of Womanhood

At the root of this fear of emasculation and fear of men displaying womanly traits is a fear of the feminine. We police both genders harshly, but young boys, pushed to be leaders and providers and strong emotionless robots, get a raw deal. This kind of toxic masculinity depends on the demonization of anything female – which extends to things like close friendship with women, close friendships with male friends (because no homo!), and any exploration of feminine traits when a connection to those traits may help to make for a more well-rounded person altogether. Men are to be solitary strengths, because admitting needs is feminine and weak. And the burden this places on both men and women creates an untenable vision of masculinity and a hatred for femininity. We create misogyny – it is not born of nothing.

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