Therefore, masculinity has certain characteristics assigned by our culture. Men are associated in an essential and optional way with the confidence certain aspects are completed when deciding their masculinity and manliness. These aspects range from not crying when they are harm. They can be aggressive and play violent games. The socialization of manhood in our public begins as early as the main phases of the first stages.
Gender. A difference among the nature of each gender is one good indication when measuring attitudes. With the opposing nature of genders such that of personality and interest. As according to Williams and Best cited in Lippa (2010), men are seen as naturally aggressive, arrogant, competitive, independent and unemotional compared to what people see in women as being affectionate, anxious, compassionate, dependent, emotional and sensitive. Considering the held nature of genders, the study would look into the extent of which characteristics of gender is more accepting and open when it comes to their relatives who are involved in interracial relationships.
There are differences in men and women and how they position themselves and in the way the act as social being, i.e. differences in socially defines and constructed ways of being a man or woman. It is gender that influences more than sex in behavior, gender differences take many different forms in different setting, there is large evidence in the gender of power inequality in relationships, is sometimes the cause of intimate partner violence which places women at enhanced risk of HIV
2.2 Masculinity concepts: Between Binaries and hegemonic masculinity After establishing the existence of a social identity that forms the self, I know want to address an additional element of identity formation: masculinity, and thus gender relations. The last years have seen various discussions about a so-called ‘crisis in masculinity’ . The rise of feminism, after-war generations of men raised by women and civil rights movements like the Gay Liberation movement are seen as a threat to masculinity. Suddenly, white, middle-class, heterosexual males were compelled to examine their own privilege and question their identities. The feeling of a crisis existing is thus a reaction of anxiety and panic to cultural change.
If you are passive by all means be passive, but don’t be passive because you feel like you have to be. So many things can go wrong when you are forcing yourself to be someone you’re expected to be. Jensen goes a bit into depth with this in his article “The High Cost of Manliness” in which he explains how characteristics that are expected of men are at times taken to a higher level which can lead to the endangerment of others. He wrote about how if men lived by the type of masculinity looked for in them they would live life in an “endless competition and threat”. Now there are many ways one can interpret how a man's masculinity could be threatening some of those include violence, sexual assault or rape, and murder.
We will notice the effects that these rolls have on men including stress and disconnection that men may feel. Men in the American society form strict expectations and stereotypes, but the ever changing society is causing a great deal of stress for the men in America. An example of one of these roles that are having a negative impact on society in the recent decade is the traditional standard that men are supposed to be tough. This stereotype persuades men to not cry and to ignore many of the medical problems that they may have. For example many men may delay scheduling doctors appointments.
Health beliefs of male tend to draw out unhealthy behaviors. With their low risk perception, majority of them tend to believe health is not a big part of themselves. They disregard the severity as they perceive themselves superior in health than women. Due to it, men are far more prone to carry out behaviors that would destroy their health such as: poor diet, excessive drinking habit, smoke, do drugs, and other health-damaging behaviors in comparison to women. According to Ogden, Jane(2017), “...men rate their subjective health status as higher than women rate theirs” (p.89).
This assumption leaves society to believe that us men will rape, thrash and hurt if anything goes wrong, it leaves society to believe we would rather beat a person up than converse through the situation, it leaves society to believe we don 't have enough intellect to talk this out so physical abuse would be our way out; this assumption leaves the male gender synonymous to that of a wild animal. You tell me, how is this
There are many different issues associated with men and women’s health. One being how men are portrayed as strong and emotionless in society and how they cannot show their feelings. However, it is well known that men are more likely to die from suicide and in a study conducted by Oliffe et al. (2016) among men who suffered from depression/suicidal tendencies, the majority of them expressed very stigmatizing attitudes towards themselves about being depressed mentioning how they feel like burdens on people. In that same study it was noted that how we view men and their mental health is greatly inhibiting help-seeking, reduces men going after treatment and makes them reluctant to talk to friends or family.
Introduction 1.1 BACKGROUND TO THE STUDY Hazel Ayanga, 2002 says that, when the term gender is mentioned is tends to evoke certain emotions for both the person that is using the word and the one hearing it. She says that for men especially it presents the images of “militant” women who forcefully and emotionally want to become like men. These women according to them, want to wrench the “power” in its various dimensions from the rightful “owners” who in this case are the male human species.Amongst the women themselves others may use it to describe other women who have lost direction and who want to destroy the God given mandate to be submissive and indeed only follow their husbands’ direction. According to Mercy Oduyoye (1995), she suggests that the gender question is a cross cutting one. It represents “one of the oldest power struggles of humanity” She adds on that, when the topic moves forward to include gender equality or gender equity, the emotions run to a higher notch.