Tough Guise: Violence, Media & the Crisis in Masculinity

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  1. Heretic August 8, 2014 at 06:26

    It’s good there are some men talking to other men about these things. It’s been done half-assed by others; as in, the most men take away from it is a protest against the real man or alpha male myth when it suits them (can’t get a date, can’t get laid).

    “Real man” = no true Scotsman. Every guy who doesn’t conform is “being like a woman”; in male rape, the victim is “being treated like a woman.” Also, crisis in masculinity? I think masculinity is already a crisis. I noticed males get taught this stuff since childhood and all through school by their peers. Even though there are exceptions to male violence, it’s still predominant – the saying “the exception proves the rule” comes to mind here.

    I really dislike the “survivalist’ notion of masculinity. Is it really an issue of survivalism or just a perceived survivalism? Also, women don’t value bad boy posturing, that’s like the MRAs saying women just want assholes and leave the nice/good guys in the friendzone. If they end up with “tough” guys it’s for protection/safety (male privilege by-proxy). The thing is, they are left with few options and usually end up settling for less.

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