The Societal Expectation of Masculinity

I have a passion for women’s rights and gender equality, which is why I am dedicating a post to the societal pressures men are forced to endure throughout their daily lives. A majority of my posts address the issues women are subjected to in society, and while gender discrimination tends to impact women more than it does men, it is crucial to consider both identities in this circumstance.

Society has established expectations for males to abide by that are comparable to the socially established criteria women are expected to abide by. While society dictates that women are intended to depict themselves as sexual and as inferior to men, society dictates the ideology that men are intended to express themselves as hyper masculine and powerful.

While this portrayal of men may not seem concerning at a brief glance, it is incredibly complex and can furthermore be detrimental to a male’s sense of identity. Social institutions instruct men to be strong, emotionless and heterosexual, and any male that fails to abide by these predetermined characteristics is alienated and considered to be a less-masculine man.

These social expectations have the incredulous capability to hinder a male’s sense of being. For example, consider a male who is passionate about art or dance. Such male is likely to be automatically deemed as feminine because he fails to express interest in sports or in mechanics, and as a result he feels isolated and confused.

The stereotypes we associate with gender are dangerous and they are incredibly marginalized. Despite living in the year of 2016, we as a society still affiliate football with men and dance with women, or shopping with women and carpentry with men. These restrictive stereotypes need to be abolished in order to move forward and embrace all identities and personal interests without associating a personality with a binary gender.

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