“The notion that men need to always appear strong and show no weaknesses”
What happened to the progressive belief in choice? It no longer applies?
The College Fix reports:
Study: Men refusing to wear masks = ‘toxic masculinity’ and racism
A new study out of Middlesex University London and Berkeley’s Mathematical Science Research Institute shows that men are less likely than women to wear a coronavirus-preventing mask.
Reasons for this include men believing they won’t catch the disease, and that masks are “shameful, not cool [and] a sign of weakness,” according to Yahoo! News.
Sociologists have (in a word the mainstream media likes a lot, especially with conservatives) seized upon the research to excoriate so-called “toxic masculinity” and even racism.
Cal State Fullerton’s Matt Englar-Carlson, director of that university’s Center for Boys and Men, says “masks are just the latest iteration of a longstanding issue.” There are “many aspects of masculinity,” he adds, but this instance appears to fall under “toxic.”
“Men tend to engage in more risk-taking behavior, and not wearing a mask or downplaying the risk of COVID 19 is a considerable health risk,” Englar-Carlson says. “The notion that men need to always appear strong and show no weaknesses — and when that is rigidly adopted and not adaptable to the environment or new information — allows a man to be consistent with his notion of maintaining his sense of masculinity, but it comes at a significant cost.”
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