The Male Superiority Complex, Toxic Masculinity, And Gender Roles

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There are numerous injustices for the genders including: the male superiority complex, toxic masculinity, and gender roles. However these injustices do not only affect women. Men also struggle to fill out the mold that our toxic society has placed on them. Although the cisgendered male struggle is very different than the struggles of other genders, that does not invalidate their struggle. Feminism is truly here to help all genders, and men-- against popular belief-- are not excluded from this. The male superiority complex is a disgusting and toxic mindset. In basic terms, the male superiority complex is the primitive mindset that cisgendered men are inherently better than the other genders. It leads to terrible things such as male entitlement, …show more content…
Toxic masculinity is the socially constructed idea that men are, and have to be, violent, sexually aggressive, devoid of emotion, etc. Men feel pressured to fill out this role that patriarchy has unfairly set upon them. Toxic masculinity is, for lack of a better word, toxic. It is harmful and destructive. No one should feel that they have to act a certain way to prove their femininity or masculinity. Toxic masculinity is a norm is our society and does not raise any flags; however, it also creates a disgusting culture that advertises this stigma that men must fulfill their role as ‘the man’ to be counted as one. Little boys are pressured to be a ‘man’ and a man doesn’t enjoy anything that is seen as feminine because doing so would take away their masculinity; and apparently, having and expressing your feelings is a ‘girl thing’. Due to this, boys and men are forced to bottle up all emotions and put on an expressionless steel mask. This eventually leads to them becoming more explosive. They go off in a fit of rage and violence that is unfortunately accepted due to society telling us that this is just part of ‘being a man’. Society accepts their destructive behavior as a norm, even though it is truly not; because of this, harmful and aggressive behavior--sexual behavior included-- is easily accepted. As well as forcing men to act as ‘a real man’ would, toxic masculinity …show more content…
Gender roles force children into a predetermined path that they may or may not want. Gender roles force the idea that men are inherently mean to be empowered and be put into positions of power. They are meant to be rough and wild, as well as having no relation to femininity. Boys grow up thinking that they must act a certain way, and if they do not they are outcasted and shamed. This promotes and accepts hatred for homosexual men, as well as hurting men that do not fit into the ‘real man’ mold. The ‘real men’ mold is the role that supposedly all men have to fill out. The role of the breadwinner, the role of the person in power, the role of aggressor, the role of the top dog. Because of this role, homosexual men are shamed for not having the qualities that ‘real men’ have. They are often treated as if they are not a real man and that there is something inherently wrong with them because they do not fit into societal role of the stereotypical man. Gender roles are toxic and unnecessary, as well as harmful to all involved; because of this, feminism fights to abolish these predetermined

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