Social And Cultural Differences In Anthony Synnott's Rethinking Men

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Anthony Synnott, author of Rethinking Men: Heroes, Violence and Victims, asks an important question: “Are men ‘opposite’ to women, as popular culture suggests, or ninety-eight percent similar, as our chromosomes indicate?” (Synnott 1). Biologically, males and females have very few differences because their bodies are made of the same materials and go through nearly the same biological processes. However, males and females are seen as very different in social and cultural aspects by many people in society. Females pressed for change and are truly starting to be seen an equal sex to men in the workplace, financially, and socially. Changing social and cultural aspects for males have not occurred in any drastic form. If anything, male traits and …show more content…
The thought may occur to some people that animals of the same species have differing behaviors between genders, potentially crossing over to explain the dissimilarity between male and female human behavior. However studies show there isn’t much variance, if at all. For example, Alan Feingold, author of “Gender Differences in Personality: A Meta-Analysis,” conducted a secondary check between the data and the conclusion of three experiments and found errors between the results and the data displayed. The results read that there were differences between the statistics and the results, which gave men higher results in more favorable attributes such as confidence and assertiveness when males and females have very slight differences in each category (Feingold). Personality plays an principal part in the a person’s everyday life. Jackson Katz, an anti-sexist author and narrator of Tough Guise 2, sheds light on the fact that “over the past thirty years, sixty one of the last sixty two mass shootings have been committed by men.” This chilling fact generates a question: what is the thing makes men, on a large scale, so violent and not …show more content…
Melissa Burkley, a professor from the University of North Carolina, Y. J. Wong, a tenured professor at the Indiana University Bloomington, and Angela C. Bell, a graduate student, conducted a study to conclude what happens when a man’s masculinity is threatened and when it is confirmed. Threatening a man’s masculinity brings about more negative results than when it is complimented (Burkley, Wong, and Bell). Furthermore, it seems the severity of the man’s reaction varies according to how long a man’s masculinity has been under question. When a man has his lack of masculinity pointed out for lengthened periods of time and is bullied for it, it can lead to disastrous consequences such as the unfortunate event of Sandyhook Elementary. Sandyhook Elementary faced a horrible situation when Adam Lanza killed his mother and then went on a shooting spree within the local elementary school. In Tough Guise 2, Katz explains how he believes the event is a direct results of Lanza’s experience with being ceaselessly and brutally bullied. Throughout Lanza’s life of being the victim of bullying and the media he was exposed to, Katz believes that Lanza learned the wrong lessons masculinity (Tough Guise 2). Masculinity being associated with violence, guns, and power has proven to be deadly and Sandyhook is not the only

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