Why We Miss The Point When We Call Masculinity “Toxic”

That’s just one example of how we are collectively socialized, how we take for granted the subtle messages that inform our behavior. At A Call To Men, we talk to men about the collective socialization of manhood. We show them how all men have been taught — sometimes unintentionally — that women are objects and property, and have less value than men. That collective socialization explains why everyone can finish the sentence: “Come on son, you have to throw harder than that — you throw like a ______.” It explains why, far too often, men are silent when a friend or co-worker makes a demeaning joke or harasses a woman in the street. If we question another man’s behavior toward a woman, we know our Man Card will be challenged. “Bros before _____, right?”


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