Defining the New Ideal Masculinity
by wonderay on October 23, 2014 - 7:02pm
The documentary “Tough Guise 2” is an eye-opening revelation about understanding the roots of what truly is the ideal masculinity. The title really sums it up. Men are bound to appear and act tough in the society. Most parents would expose their sons, at a very young age, with toys associated to power and violence. As they grow up, boys will learn and develop these constructed definitions of manhood. This explains why most violence are done by men based on statistics.
Boys are taught to respect and follow the “Man Box” which contains traits and characteristics of the ideal male being. Most individuals, either male or female, police masculinity, telling boys to “man up”, be strong, act tough, and be intimidating. Failure to achieve these traits will lead to discrimination, insults and embarrassment.
The ideal male body is muscular, fit and macho. Men are perceived as heroes who are able to protect and handle any physical circumstances. Even if you consider yourself fat, you still have the feeling of wanting to shift into getting in shape. This guarantees to boost your self-confidence, but is that all?
Bottom line is, women are not the only ones who are self-conscious about how they should act and appear in the public eye, men too. Everyone desires the acceptance of the society. That’s why we have these unwritten rules to follow and we’re forced to act accordingly. It is difficult to disobey them but not impossible.