Men and social constructs
by jabless on November 4, 2014 - 11:08pm
As shown in many magazines, Medias and television shows, women are more and more objectified, seen as nothing less than sexual tools or housewives. The objectification of women is amplifying. But what about men? Does anyone really think that men are not involved with social constructs? As a man, dealing with violence and masculinity became daily. Men always have to prove their superiority. Men always have to show how aggressive and strong they are in every place: home, work, locker room, etc. If they don’t, the society and people tend to see them as womanized men.
There is something called the “man box”. It is a fictional box, in which every men’s attribute is shown (tough, strong, muscular). Around this box, there are words used to keep men closer to these characteristics, such as “pussy” or “bitch”. Think about people who police masculinity. Nobody does that with respect. The best example would the sports. The way society shows sports reflects the “man box”. Because of that, every man who does not comply with this ideology gets disrespected and given less attention by other people. This brings a lot of problems for men, such as depressions or career failures. Men surely have to deal with social pressures.