According to Dictionary (n.d), masculinity is traditionally attributed to the root of social (one`s gender) rather than biological (one`s sex). Therefore these leave the conventions of masculinity to be exploited or rather, to be re-invented by the both the male and female behaviour. The merits of such enriched circumstances make one consider what it means to be masculine and what constitutes to how they see themselves in society. Central to the discipline of a social framework, traditional male roles have been exposed as myths by the feminist movement. Men are perceived as the breadwinners, powerful, dominant, protective, brave, active and unemotional (Slideshare, n.d).
Radical feminism attributes the oppression of women to men. Male power must be analyzed and understood and not reduced to other explanations, such as labor relations. Cultural feminism has been critiqued, because it provides moral grounding for men to make claims that they cannot help being oppressive. This logic takes a further turn, in that it is then likewise natural for women to be submissive (Ferguson, 1996). Through the perspectives of a radical feminist the issue is we should see individuals, family, society or an organisation with close reference to their sociological, political, economical, race and cultural background and not based on their gender since women are considered as passive in comparison to men.
Most realize the new pressures being exerted on men by the changes in society and recognize a male movement as a means to finding the new balance. "I believe that 'we', I.e. men and women, need a "men's movement" in the sense of men that have come to understand the evils of patriarchy ... These are men who are prepared to work in harmony with women to create a new society liberated from patriarchy." (Hagan, 14) Women want and need the men's movement as bad or worse then men do.
One of the biggest ones is that women believe they are superior and they dislike men. Feminism is against gender stereotypes, so the hatred of men would be going against their mission. Feminists, however, do realize that men have a certain privilege. A privilege that, when used well, can help those who are most harmed in society. The movement is not saying that women or other oppressed groups are better, just that they should be as good as men.
Critics of feminist studies of men often argue that the politics to change values and behaviour need to come from men themselves, because feminist women’s long efforts against gender discrimination, misogyny, sexual harassment, rape, battering, and male violence have often created backlash and stubborn resistance from men (Lorber, 2012, 274). If men do not fight for what they want they will not see change, it will not be handed to them as many things have already been. Although, the question presumes, why would men want to change something that they feel is just fine? This is where controversy takes place. A change must occur in order for things to be equal.
Thus, male’s act as though they are a regulatory authority or a gender police towards their peers to be able to keep them in check with what society demands of the male gender. Masculinity in society is structured in a way which advocates violence as a way of coping with certain situations and individuals, which ultimately leads to violence against women. The peer’s of a male makes sure that he will contribute to his masculinity by confirming the accuracy of it, and administering not another socially sanctioned way of presenting the male
They are groups of males who believe feminism has gone too far, in addition to men’s concerns are not being heard or met. Male activist groups are concerned about issues of male disadvantage, discrimination and oppression with association to male suicide, false rape accusations and masculinity crisis. ‘MGTOW’ movement is an extremist group against feminism and believe men are alpha to women and continue to strive for post modernism times. The growing phenomena, claims to be spread across Canada, America and the UK (MGTOW, 2016). They believe that men are forced to take personal responsibility for mistakes that are not theirs, even extreme as claiming marriage/divorce and children are not their responsibility and the responsibility of women.
In order to build a healthy relationship between men and women, an effective communication is needed. An effective communication means that we should first understand the positive and negative characteristic on both genders to build up the trusts and respects to each other. However, men are always refused to do that, they usually live in a world with its own "Code of Conduct". In the article 'How Boys Become Men' by John Katz, the author states that boys usually cover up themselves from others in any circumstances. This means that they d... ... middle of paper ... ...d women, we shouldn't despise the ability of women.
Society defines gender roles where men are at the same disadvantage as women. Our society contemplates that gender roles affect how men and women are treated on a daily basis. Women are primarily the ones who are concerned about this and fear that men are treated as the better fragment but are they really? They are fighting to equate females to the same status as men, which are known to be called Feminist. These Feminists believe in the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes.
Whilst it may not be the most common form, it is the one masculinity, which is culturally dignified, and it is “culturally accepted to answer the problems of legitimacy of patriarchy, which guarantees the dominance of men and the subordination of women” (Connell 2005. p.7.). Many men have the same notion that they need to be strong both mentally and physically, and if they are not it is an embarrassment, therefore presenting how it can be a difficulty for them to seek help when needed. MEN, MASCULINITY AND HELP-SEEKING BEHAVIOUR Popular stereotypes have long characterized men as unwilling to seek for help when needed. The r... ... middle of paper ... ...s violence goes, there are many factors such as sexual assault, intimate partner violence, violent crime, male rape, gangs and prisons.