Bulging Biceps = Unhealthy Masculinity?
This is a funny one. I love it when women tell men what masculinity is and is not in today’s society. I bet they would love it if I as a masculine man would tell them what they should think femininity is today for all women.
I as a masculine man with bulging biceps, well at least I use to have bulging biceps now they are somewhat bulging, understand that women are different. That means that masculinity means different things to different women and vice versa when it comes to men and femininity.
I just read an article in The College Fix that discussed Vanderbilt University’s “Healthy Masculinities Week,” organized by the Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center.
At this forum there was a lecture by the first man to minor in women’s studies at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Jackson Katz. Mr. Katz spoke about pop culture and its dangerous effect on us men and masculinity. Mr. Katz was quoted in the article saying that people “check your brain and moral conscience when you go to the movies” and “there has been a ratcheting up of what it takes to be considered menacing in the 1980s and 90s.”
His evidence:” G.I. Joe’s biceps have gotten larger over the years and that Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone use bigger guns for their iconic roles as the Terminator and Rambo than did Humphrey Bogart in his 1930s and 1940s film roles.”
Mr. Katz then went on to say “the three most destructive words are be a man”
I remember my father saying this to me as I assume many of you masculine men heard the same thing from your father. I am not mal-adjusted, or at least I do not think I am, are you?
At the event a “documentary” they aired blames “America’s narrow definition of masculinity” for the deteriorating mental health of boys and men.
The article goes on and on and on with this kind of dribble. Please click on the above hotlink to read the entire article if you need a chuckle.
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