Conservatives Rage Over Report That Finds Toxic Masculinity is Bad For Men’s Health by Z. Ford
Disclaimer. I’m offering this reminder and disclaimer upfront for anyone who may be new to this blog, or who is not familiar with me: I am a conservative.
I have never been a liberal, and I don’t go by a feminist label.
However, I do find some merit in some points liberals or feminists have to say on some topics, with Toxic Masculinity being one of them.
Unfortunately, most conservatives misunderstand what the phrase “Toxic Masculinity” means.
In very brief terms, here is what Toxic Masculinity does NOT mean:
-it does not mean that masculinity is bad or wrong;
-it does not mean that all boys and men are rapists, sexists, or abusers of girls and women;
-it does not necessarily mean that boys and men should have to take on traits considered feminine and behave like stereotypical girls
So although I am a conservative, and the following appears on a liberal website, I find it has some merit. Just because an idea or view comes from liberals or feminists doesn’t necessarily mean it’s wrong.
I, a conservative, agree with most of the article…
I have a lot of comments to make below this really long excerpt…
by Zack Ford
New psychological guidelines for improving the health and safety of boys and men have conservatives outraged.
The American Psychological Association has issued new guidelines designed to improve both the safety and mental health of men and boys. Many of the recommendations involve dismantling aspects of masculinity that inhibit wellness, which has conservatives up in arms that men are under attack.
In the ensuing debate this week, conservative pundits, columnists, and religious figures have indicated that they believe masculinity is biological and fundamental, leading them to conclude that the report is purely political.
But what the APA actually highlights is that men themselves are harmed by the way society conditions them to conform to traditional stereotypes of masculinity.
Not only are those stereotypes not inherent, but there are ways men can be men without conforming to them.