Nowadays machismo is always connotated as toxic masculinity, but I don't think the two things are the same.
Machismo in my opinion also entails honorable aspects such as being truthful and honest, give respect as long as it's given; and nurturing sides such as protecting the weak and using strenght to make sure people we care for don't get exploited or abused.
I'm not one of those "megachad" types, but when it comes to my family, wife and children, and be respected myself, I'm not shy of breaking out my cojones, formality be damned.
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Often times in my life where I have experienced macho personalities they tend to be needless bullies who end up embarrassing themselves because of an excessive degree of ego. When I think of macho I only think of a man appearing tough in front of others for the sake of appearing tough.
A good example of this is Myron from the fresh and fit podcast who literally becomes aggressive with females on his show, like degrading them just to boost his ego and breaking their spirits on live air. He really tried to put up this super tough guy persona and really he was bashing on women in the most cruelest of ways thinking that he was in the right.
When in fact, he is wrong. I remember he was like telling this girl to not interrupt him, and she kept fucking with him because he's a bitter dude. Like dude was getting all aggressive for no reason, with the "put this woman in her place" attitude, which really was not necessary considering she wasn't being hostile with him either.
And this kind of behavior eventually led to Myron saying that he will take whatever guy out. And then lo and behold a dude literally pulls up to his apartment asking for a one on one brawl and calling him a pussy and shit.
Myron didn't do anything, he ended up calling the police and just brandishing his gun (legally) on the dude but never pointed it at him. The guy legit stepped INSIDE his apartment and blocked he doorway, I'll never forget it even the girls that were leaving on the way out called him a pussy.
So overall no I don't think Machismo can be a good thing.
I also remember this dude in the gym I go to he was bullying this guy for recording himself working out. Possibly to get his girlfriend to see him as weak or something. And as a result she still stuck with the boyfriend. Dude the behavior backfired on the guy so hard it made him look foolish and achieved the opposite of what he was going for.
Masculinity is more stoic in nature, understanding the value of not being swindled over emotions and only macho-ish when it's necessary like you said when it's actually needed.
Spot on. Not surprised by that Fresh and Fit fiasco though. I agree with them from time to time, but I always have the same thought as you, that the dude just wants to bring girls on live cast just to humiliate them. I get it that he thinks they're hoes - and they usually are - but you're not a lot better either to just get girls on your show so you can try to look like you're handling them.
Great answer you posted.