Masculinity In School

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As a society, we all “do gender”, either consciously or unconsciously. Gender is a social construct that is so embedded into today’s society that has become so natural and normal to us, we don’t even think twice about acting on it. As soon a baby boy is born, their gender is constantly reinforced to them in virtually every aspect of their lives. Right off the bat, boys are wrapped in a blue blanket at the hospital, and from there the divide continues into what Kimmel and Holler (2013) call colour-coded children. Some people even believe that if mothers hold their sons too tightly for too long, it will hinder their masculine development (Newsom et al. 2015). That statement is actually very false, in fact the exact opposite is true, but it goes…show more content…
Often times, hierarchies within school groups form as a way to establish the leaders of the pack; the boys who exemplify a more hegemonic form of masculinity tend to pick on kids who are seen as weaker to establish their authority. During school, especially elementary and middle school, many boys feel the need to show off with displays of hypermasculinity by being aggressive and bullying others (Kimmel 2013). When a boy is getting bullied, his masculinity is already threatened, and so many choose not to seek out help due to the risk of getting in more trouble with their bullies. One in four boys get bullied at school, yet only 30 percent of them notify an adult (Newsom et al. 2015). An example from the documentary, ‘The Mask You Live In (2015)’, was this kindergarten club called the “mean team”. It was a group “created by the boys, for the boys, acting against the girls” that was made up of rules, such as not playing with girls, and if the rules were to be broken, you would be “fired” from the group. (Newsom et al. 2015). This group exemplifies that even at such a young age, children are already starting down this toxic road of gender polarization (Kimmel

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