Hormones In Men Decrease, Possible Reason For VIolence?

by AngelOfHope on October 22, 2014 - 8:28pm

Men have been portrayed to be violent and continuously so but can we blame on a single fact such as video games and/or how we’ve been raised? Sure, our parents and grandparents have seen some tormenting things in their childhood. Though we aren’t being conflicted with same issues, men are pressured to fit in as a man. To take up the role of being of man, with the knowledge of what it consists, or so we believe. “A man doesn’t cry or feel pain. A man must protect not be protected”. I know I’ve heard this before along with many other words. Who are we to classify who is or isn’t a man? Shouldn’t a man be about love, passion, support, responsible and aware? Shape and size should not matter. Perhaps there’s a greater reasoning as to why men are violent, why men are influenced and act out more than they have in the past. Perhaps men are being more feminine, but with all this pressure into being the ‘perfect man’. Studies were taken to see testosterone levels of male 20 year olds now versus males of the same age 30 years prior. According to this article, testosterone levels have actually decreased along with their amount of sperm. Men are being more infertile and their hormones are decreasing. Can we say that such reactions such as this, can be channeled into actions of men?

Here’s the link for more information.

http://naturalsociety.com/masculinity-of-men-on-the-decline/ 

Comments

Your title caught my attention and I was intrigued by what you have to say. You have mentioned in your post that studies are blaming the drop of testosterone levels among men today compared to their counterparts 30 years ago could lead them to be violent. This maybe true and might have been an important part of understanding the nature of violent behaviors among men but unfortunately your link does not work. Nonetheless, you raised an issue about the pressures men all over the world are burdened. Men are forced to fit in a certain group of traits and values called the “man box”. Being able to act tough, aggressive, and emotionless are some the traits that a man should possess if he wishes to be viewed as a real man, if he does not, he risks being shunned by other men and society at large, and probably be deemed as weak, worthless and unmanly individual. The pressure to play this role starts at an early age, leaving some men scarred for the rest of their lives. We should educate ourselves against this very destructive way of thinking. We should raise our boys differently and help them to avoid the traps of the man box. I believe steps are being taken to address this issue but I also believe that this issue will persist because our society is wired this way and majority of us do not know better.

Some helpful links (that I hope should work):

http://www.acalltomen.org/
http://www.ted.com/talks/tony_porter_a_call_to_men?language=en

you probably won't read this because classes are almost done but this is my response to you, yeah even though the issue of the man box is trying to be avoided, I don;t believe it will truly subside. it's deep into the roots of our nature, instincts in other words. its a form of dominance from how I see it and because of this it will always remain a part of humanity. though hope for a better way of viewing each other, violence surrounds us one way or another much like our rape culture or inequality. from what you may know, the world tries to take on too many problems at once. I dont see humanity evolving very much consequently due to hidden agendas that aren't mentioned nor shared with our society.

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