Men's Emotions And Toxic Masculinity


Men's emotions, and toxic masculinity.

I hear it a lot, (probably because I am constantly reading and watching information on feminist thought), “guys need to get with their emotions, they need to connect” this emotional suppression is toxic. Or in short terms “toxic masculinity.”

Here's a sample of feminist thought on men's emotions: feminism and men's emotions

And here's some advice giving to me about how to get in touch with your emotions

But I have come to the conclusion recently that the concept of “toxic masculinity” is killing men. That society is trying to put men in a situation that they are just not equipped to deal with. I know it’s so hard when guys seem emotionally distant, like one person posted here “do guys even have emotions?” But there are reasons why guys respond to stimuli differently then women. Here's a great article on why:

4 things happened within the last little while that made me think a lot about my emotions, men’s emotions and the concept of “toxic masculinity.” If you will bear with me I’d like to explore some of these concepts, and what has made me think about this. I’ll start with the things that happened.

The first thing was listening to Karen Straughan’s speech about “toxic femininity” at SFU:

The feminist response, feminist response and her response to the response:

I know it’s long and I’ll just put forth the points that drove home to me, that guys are the ones who act, they repress fear and just do! She specifically refers to “unsung heroes” and how almost inevitably they are men. And also she talked about the suicide rate of men being on the rise, even though it’s becoming more and more acceptable for men to openly express their emotions.

Second I finally told my wife about my rape, what happened to me. We’ve known each other for almost 30 years and have been together for about 20 of those years, but I finally told her, not all of the details but enough to answer some of her questions, such as how did I get a shirt ironed on my back (the scars are pretty hard to miss, and when I was young you could make out the steam holes from the bottom of the iron imbedded in my flesh)

The third was going to a funeral of the son of some good friends who took his own life. I was quite aware of how stoic I was, how much I hurt for her, and her family and how much her husband also hurt, her ex, the father of the boy, All friends of mine and us guys being the rock, the shoulder to cry on. Yes we were sad, but we were the strength. And amongst my friends it was universal, guys having a shoulder, or a hand, or a handkerchief that’s what guys do.

And the fourth was Norah Vincent and her “self made man” experiment:

She lived as a man for 18 months to try and understand the male experience, and she learned a lot, but missed the point on emotions. She came to the conclusion that men are emotionally unavailable.

But all of this is from an outsiders perspective. I feel, sometimes very deeply, I am a poet a writer, an artist, a musician and I couldn’t be any of those things without an emotional connection. But I know that I must be able to be stoic, that I need sometimes to distance myself from those emotions. Otherwise I couldn’t get things done, and sometimes you have to just do! And yes the way this is taught is through social pressure, through “boys don’t cry,” through self-empowerment. Sometimes you just need to feel it and do it anyway, and without the years of learning how I know I just couldn’t do that. So I hypothesize that one of the reasons for the increase in male suicide is this trying to force a square peg into a round hole. Guys do, that’s how we relate to our emotions. I’m sorry if that seems wrong to you, and I am sorry that we are wired differently, but sometimes it is about the nail!

Men's Emotions And Toxic Masculinity
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  • Anonymous
    Masculinity and femininity are RELIGIOUS CONCEPTS.

    Which religion's concept are you referring to? This whole "being a man" thing is just a product of feminist society. It was never there before and it's not outside the west.
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    • Anpu23

      Okay, it maybe, but the issue is with feminist thought. This was an attack on the feminist concept of toxic masculinity. The issues were based on their beliefs and statements.

    • Anonymous

      Feminists have created their own mythology. LOL

    • Anpu23

      Yes they have.

  • Anonymous
    I love listening to Karen Straughan. I would love to marry a woman that had such wonderful views about men. Any woman out there that wants to gain a man's respect, should take lessons from her.

    The same feminists that use the phrase toxic masculinity are often the same ones that commonly shame men by accusing men of not being a "real man". These are just terms used to try and control the actions of men.

    The problem with feminists trying to solve the issue about men talking about our emotions, is that feminists want to place 100% of the blame on men. In the mind of a feminist, men are solely responsible for all gender roles including the ones women expect out of men, and therefore women shouldn't have to work on themselves at all since they are seen as blameless when it comes to the formation or enforcement of gender roles. When guys try to show our emotions and find that women aren't accepting of them, the guy gets smart and starts to keep things to himself. A woman isn't going to change he

    Why do women act like that to men that open up? Simple. A woman's sexuality is determined by a very primitive coding, and has nothing to do with some enlightened attitude that they were taught in school. Biology doesn't care about political correctness. A woman's sexual desires won't change because it suddenly becomes okay for men to show weakness.

    The moment a man that shows pain and weakness then he immediately fails as a potential breeding partner, and therefore fails as a man in her eyes. A woman expects her man to be strong enough to sacrifice anything for her without complaint. If he doesn't appear that strong as far as the woman is concerned he might as well just be another girl at that point.

    Men do need better support groups, but being open with our emotions will only cause more pain as our emotions will almost always be mocked. This is why it is better for men to be very selective about who we share our pain with, and never share that pain with any woman we want to have sex with. The fact is men did not create gender roles. Society made up of both men and women created gender roles, and there were reasons for that.

    Lying to a man about how to function in a "real man" will only open him up to more pain. That is why there are so many "nice guys" complaining no girl wants them. These are men that did everything feminism taught them, and are reeling from the pain that comes from failing as a man in terms of a woman's sexual desires.
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    • Anpu23

      Exactly, also I believe that these are not only societal but also biological

    • Anonymous

      I agree that there is both a societal, and biological reason for that. That is why I brought up a woman's biology effecting her sexuality. Men that are victims aren't sexy to most women. This is most likely the biggest reason why men learn they can't be honest about their feelings or past experiences. I hope that when you told your wife about your past, she took it well. I have talked to guys that have had their relationships destroyed because they trusted their partner with private information like that.

    • Anpu23

      No we're much closer then that. It went well. Thank you for your concern.

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