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Title: We Should Reject Traditional Masculinity


1
We Should Reject Traditional Masculinity
  • Article by Cooper Thompson
  • Presentation by Carleen Sanders

2
Outline
  • Introduction
  • Outline
  • Question
  • The article
  • A new image of strength
  • Learning violence
  • The cost of masculinity
  • New socialization for boys
  • Schools and athletics
  • Boys will be boys
  • Review

3
If you woke up tomorrow and discovered that you
were the opposite sex from the one you are now,
how would your life be different?
  • Girls positive response. Less victimization,
    increased independence and career
    opportunities.
  • Boys negative response. Disgust and refusal to
    answer the question.
  • If I were a girl, I would be stupid and weak as
    a string.
  • If I were a girl, Id kill myself.

4
A New Image of Strength
  • New image permanent, woman and lion. Force is
    not involved.
  • Old image temporary, based on dominance and
    control acquired through the humiliation of
    others

5
Learning Violence
  • Homophobia the hate and fear of gayness.
  • Misogyny the hate of woman
  • Combined the hatred of feminine qualities

6
The cost of Masculinity
  • Boys should be tough (aggressive, competitive,
    and daring) causes pain and insecurity in a
    boys life
  • Boys should not posses nurturance (loving,
    caring, and gentle) causes greater emotional
    distance from other people and few opportunities
    to participate in meaningful relationships.

7
New Socialization for Boys
  • There is a biological difference, but environment
    and culture have a greater impact on defining
    masculinity.
  • The new man
  • Accepts vulnerability, expresses a range of
    emotions, learns to ask for help and support.
  • be gentle, nurturant, cooperative, and
    communicative . . . Learn non-violent ways of
    resolving conflicts.
  • Accepts traditionally feminine behavior.

8
Schools and Athletics
  • Participation in athletics easily becomes a
    lesson in toughness, invulnerability, and
    dominance.
  • Schools should be a place for boys to learn the
    more feminine qualities nurturance,
    non-violent conflict resolution, and strategies
    for empathizing with and empowering others.

9
Boys will be Boys
  • If schools were to radically alter this culture
    and substitute for it a new vision of
    masculinity, what would that look like?
  • Express all emotions
  • Re-arrange values
  • Fathering
  • More respect for females
  • All talent equally appreciated

10
Review
  • Combined, ______ and ______, are the hatred of
    feminine qualities.
  • Toughness is a positive quality in men but ______
    is a negative quality in men according to
    society.
  • While biological differences are definitely
    present, ______ has a greater influence on
    masculinity.
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