What the general public does not know, in relation to the spread of the ideology enforcing toxic standards for masculinity, is the way. People do not know why men are expected to act in a violent way, they just assume that is has always been this way and as such they perpetuate the idea. People do not like to seem stupid, so even if someone does not know why something is the way it is, like why men should be violent, they still believe and understand it as a truth because they assume that is the way it has always been. Men in American culture have been using a system of values with no idea why for far too long. Their minds have been corrupted by an evil ideology that forces them to value themselves by how violent
Masculinity has been a heated debated topic over the past years. Not just america or europe, but our whole society. Men tend to think that entering manhood is a good thing, but most don’t know it can be just as detrimental to our society. Men have certain characteristic when it concerns to masculinity and when doing so it can have a range of effects. So, how do men identify themselves masculine and how do they define themselves that way?
Does the play depict the relationship between cruelty and masculinity? In society men are always told to be a man. They are told to not do certain things because it will make them less of a man. Sometimes men seem to be pressured to do bad things just because society or someone tells them that they are not a man if they do not do it.
In “The Boys Are Not All Right” by Michael Ian Black, the author uses different powers of persuasion to convince the audience to succumb to his opinion that men today don’t know how to properly express their feelings because of cultural norms that expressing your feelings is associated with weakness and femininity. He starts the article by drawing on the fact that almost all mass shootings have been committed by men. He says that men tend to lash out in anger because they don’t know how to properly express their feelings. He attempts to persuade his reader to start a conversation on how to make it more acceptable in society for men to express their emotions in a way that doesn’t potentially hurt others.
In the essay “Masculinity as Homophobia” by Michael Kimmel, he brings up many points as to how men view masculinity as trying to be perfect to hide underlying insecurity. He then states that anything deemed less than manly (females, people of race, homosexuals, etc.) is ridiculed because of the way we view masculinity. Kimmel first brings up a story about boys on a playground, where you have to prove that you’re manly at a young age, and that it is essentially engraved into our nature that we must not be a “sissy”. This then stems off to how violence is created by this sense of manhood, since we must always fight and never run when conflict arises. Kimmel argues that we have gender coded responses to everything, and that if a man does anything
When Caesar talks to Antony about who people should fear, Caesar said, “Would he were fatter! But I fear him not. Yet if my name were liable to fear, I do not know the man I should avoid so soon as that spare Cassius. He reads much. He is a great observer, and he looks quite through the deeds of men” (1.2.199-204)
American manhood is the fear men have of being dominated and controlled by other men. Usually, it is the impression that men want to feel superiority through the dominance over women, but that is not the case. In my perspective, men fear being dominated by other men because it makes them feel inferior and less of a man. To begin with, men fear domination because they feel that they are not owning up to what it means to be a man.
Through the quote these men are trying to aggressively get people to join what they view an “odd-fellow society.” By convincing other people a society can be formed by the image and goal of the people who seek individuals. Sometimes though it is used in a negative way and it feels that the masses are prey to the people who seek a society that resembles their image. After Thoreau leaves his cabin after a few years, he reflects on his findings. One of the things he states is that “our whole life is startlingly moral.
Calling himself a liar contrasts with what he wants the reader to think about him with what he’s actually like, which is a liar. One of Holden’s biggest problems is not wanting to grow up and be an adult because he doesn’t like adults. Holden thinks all adults are phonies and doesn’t want to grow up like that, but he’s already being fake before he is an adult. When the reader discovers Holden says one thing but does the other the reader learns that Holden is an unreliable narrator because of his phoniness.