Masculinity

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Masculinity (also called manhood or manliness) is a set of attributes, behaviors, and roles commonly associated with boys and men. Any gender can exhibit masculine traits and behavior.[1] Those exhibiting both masculine and feminine characteristics can be considered androgynous.

Women can also express masculine traits and behaviors.[2][3] In Western culture, female masculinity has been codified into identities such as "tomboy" and "butch". Although female masculinity is often associated with lesbianism, expressing masculinity is not necessarily related to a person's sexuality. In feminist philosophy, female masculinity is often characterized as a type of gender performance which challenges traditional masculinity and patriarchy.[4]

The phrase "toxic masculinity" refers to certain masculine cultural norms that are associated with harm to society, such as the social pressures placed upon men to be violent, competitive, independent, and unfeeling.

Examples of masculinity in modern Western culture[edit | edit source]

See also[edit | edit source]

Further reading[edit | edit source]

  • Nersesyan, Mihran (2 October 2017). "Is Healthy Masculinity a Lost Cause?: A Non-binary Person's Thoughts on New Masculinity". The Body Is Not An Apology.
  • Paramo, Michael (20 October 2017). "Navigating Toxic Masculinity as a Demiguy". Medium.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Taylor, Sonya Renee (17 November 2018). "Masculinity Doesn't Belong to Any Gender and Other Reasons Why Policing Sexuality Does Not Work". The Body Is Not An Apology. Retrieved 31 May 2020.
  2. Keith, Thomas (2017). Masculinities in contemporary American culture: an intersectional approach to the complexities and challenges of male identity. New York: Routledge. pp. 4–5. ISBN 9781317595342.
  3. Halberstam, Judith (1998). "Preface". In Halberstam, Judith. Female Masculinity. Durham, North Carolina: Duke University Press. p. xi. ISBN 9780822322436.
  4. Gardiner, Judith Kegan (December 2009). "Female masculinities: a review essay". Men and Masculinities. 11 (5): 622–633. doi:10.1177/1097184X08328448.
  5. Wade, Lisa; Marx Ferree, Myra (2014). Gender: Ideas, Interactions, Institutions. W. W. Norton & Company. p. 23.
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