Mask Of Masculinity Analysis

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Gender Writing Assignment
Magno Martinez P.3 A person’s feelings towards another are typically defined by the other’s physical appearance. These standards are usually based upon what is delivered by mass media. Most fathers gravitate to teaching their sons to wear a ‘mask of masculinity’, and to ‘be a man’. And according to Gretel Erlich, “…what we perceived as toughness only masks the tenderness inside”. The media’s depiction of an apathetic man generates the man we see today, while an empathetic man tends to be portrayed as sensitive, weak, and even feminine. The ideal man is thought to be a tough, rigid, and coarse individual with values and morals that are highly implemented today.

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