The Myth of Toxic Masculinity Hurts Society

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Thursday, January 17, 2019


The left likes to add modifiers onto words that don’t need modifying. They first coined the term “social justice” and now like to push the term “toxic masculinity.” What exactly is toxic masculinity?

According to Maddy Pease from Fem Magazine, “Deeply embedded in the patriarchy are the socially constructed norms that define masculinity; think physically strong, unsentimental, and assertive. These descriptions make up the traditional image of men and define the term “toxic masculinity.”

Basically, if you are a biological male, you are toxic. A study has found  that men score higher in traits such as emotional stability, dominance, rule-consciousness, and vigilance. Leftists are telling men to suppress traits that are natural to them and that their natural traits are toxic. They don’t realize the dangerous game they are playing though.

“You may drive nature out with a pitchfork, but she will keep coming back,” were the words written by Roman lyrics poet, Horace. Leftists can try to convince men to suppress their natural traits, but mother nature won’t let go that easily, nor should it. The traits men possess, dominance and rule-consciousness, can lead to destruction and war. It can also lead to building societies and protecting women in dangerous situations. Instead of feminists trying to get rid of something embedded in males, they might want to consider encouraging men to use their natural tendencies for good.

Allie Stuckey, in her PragerU video, said perfectly, “The answer to toxic masculinity isn’t less masculinity; it’s better masculinity.” She then gives examples of what “better masculinity” looks like. “It’s a young man opening the door for a girl on their first date. It’s a father working long hours to provide for his family. It’s a soldier risking his life to defend his country.” When channeled properly, masculinity does not produce tyrannats, it produces gentlemen.

This is also what women want, a gentlemen. The average woman wants a man they can count on. Someone they can feel protected and loved by. Leftists are trying to create weak men with no real purpose in life, exactly the opposite of what women want. This leftist thought is hurting more than women, it is hurting society as a whole.

The downfall of masculinity is hurting everyone. A Pew Research study shows a quarter of fathers do not live with their children. This has negative effects on the whole family unit. Children in fatherless homes are more likely to have behavioral problems, abuse drugs and alcohol, commit crime, and go to prison. They are twice as likely to dropout of high school and are at a four times greater risk to live in poverty. Eighty percent of rapist with anger problems come from fatherless homes. The point is, fatherless homes have societal ramifications.

Men need to take responsibility and it needs to be promoted to them. Feminist are promoting a society in which men feel they are not needed. They tell men masculinity is not needed and that men need to be more feminine. The title of an article in The Telegraph reads, “We men must embrace our feminine side fast or face total extinction.” The article claims, “In the last 20 years, since men have become more obviously and openly ‘feminised,’ the world has become a far better place.” The author tells us not to worry about men who do not want to be feminine, they will go extinct soon. Men, of course, have a feminine side with good traits and qualities. However, as evidence by the data above, not having more masculinity in family units hurts us. If masculine men go extinct, society is in real trouble.   

This message of eliminating masculinity is also being pushed in our universities. Hobart and William Smith College is offering a class next semester titled “Men and Masculinity,” Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute reports. The course description states that “masculinity is problematic” and the course allows students to “re-think male experience.” This course is required to obtain a minor in men’s studies. Men in a “Men and Masculinity” course are being told their masculinity is harmful to society by “pro-feminist men’s studies” professor.

Toxic masculinity is a myth. It is a term coined by the left to weaken our men and society. Men are necessary for children and society to thrive. We need to encourage men to embrace their traits for good. They cannot change who they fundamentally are, but they can channel it towards a greater good. As Allie Stuckey says, “It’s not masculinity that’s toxic. It’s the lack of it.”

Alexandra Lonas is a student at The Pennsylvania State University of Altoona. She is a sophomore who is hoping to pursue a career as a political commentator. She is the president of the political science club and enjoys hiking, reading, and learning about other people's ideas.

The views expressed in this article are the opinion of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Lone Conservative staff.


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Pennsylvania State University of Altoona

Alexandra Lonas is a student at The Pennsylvania State University of Altoona. She is a sophomore who is hoping to pursue a career as a political commentator. She is the president of the political science club and enjoys hiking, reading, and learning about other people's ideas.

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