Masculinity Essay

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The definition of masculinity
; Is the fact of being a man or having qualities considered typical of a man.
I was stuck in that sentence that what is the qualities considered typical of a man.

What is the quality of man, what is considered as a typical of a man?

1. Identities

According to Victor, since the 1960s the challenges of feminism made men feel uneasy and
confused about their power and identity. Women insisted that men had also to be more
emotionally involved in relationship and take greater responsibility for domestic work and
childcare. There have been many compromises in renegotiating more equal gender contracts.
However men had great difficulties in accepting the loss of power and status that has gone
along with these changes. And I believe still men are struggling to accept that fact.

In order to explain the crisis of masculinity, I think there are two significant aspects.
One is Power; the other one is femininity. In the history, men were the dominant power of
society and dare to say still it is. Men had to be strong enough to get the power to
dominate the society and female. Actually, men are forced to be like that to survive in
the society. Because of the power of dominance, the traditional masculinity has those
aspects, self- centredness, defensiveness, a strong sense of entitlement, and a strong
sense of pride. But often this is difficult for men to accept because individual men can
feel so unsure and powerless themselves. They find it hard to recognize themselves in the
powerful images that they were forced to do by society. Especially, after the challenge of
feminism. From the Stone Age time, the society was for men. First, men use their physical
ability to rule the female and society. After that, when human being had the intellectual
life, it wasn¡¯t really open to female. In other words, female couldn¡¯t have the
chances to learn as much as male could. Therefore, men could protect themselves from the
challenge of female.

As I mentioned before, the challenges of feminism made men uneasy and confused. Female
took a lot of powers from men. Men had to face the fact that they don¡¯t have power over
others, space, and self. Also men realized about self- contradiction. In terms of emotion,
men denied that they have tenderness, kindness and wickedness. Emotion was the symbol of
female that men supposed to rule. If men showed their emotion, it wasn¡¯t right thing to
being men. But even though they did right thing, they felt self- contradiction and
insecure about themselves. Why, because the society educated them that way.

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