What Do We Mean When We Say “Toxic Masculinity?” by Luke Humphris - https://thenib.com/toxic-masculinity/




Toxic (or hegemonic) Masculinity

Toxic masculinity refers to society’s expectations of how a traditional male should behave. Ideas related to toxic masculinity have been normalized in society; comments like, “be a man,” “that’s girly,” and “man up” stem from this attitude and you can still hear them quite often, especially at school and from small children.

It is important to underline that toxic masculinity relates to the cultural perspective given to masculinity, not the biological traits of the male gender. It is founded upon societal norms that frame men as the domineering gender, creating harmful stereotypes that incite violence and sexism across cultures.

APA GUIDELINES for Psychological Practice with Boys and Men

In 2019, the American Psychological Association, the country’s largest professional organization of psychologists, did something for men that it’s done for many other demographic groups in the past: It introduced a set of detailed guidelines for clinicians who treat men and boys. The 10 guidelines make suggestions on how to encourage fathers to engage with their kids, how to address problems that disproportionately affect men, like suicide and substance abuse, and how to steer men toward healthy behaviors. The guidelines’ development began in 2005, and has included input from more than 200 physicians and researchers.



Daddy issues: Friends rather than fathers influence adult men's hegemonic masculinity

Interesting study that surveyed 188 men ages 18 to 62, primarily from Australia, trying to understand the causes of hegemonic masculinity. The findings show that one relationship did seem to predict hegemonic masculinity: the quality of a man's relationships with his friends. As hegemonic masculinity went up, the number and quality of friendships plummeted. However, the study was correlational, meaning it couldn't say whether lacking close friendships caused these beliefs or whether these beliefs prevented the formation or maintenance of close friendships. It was a strong correlation, and in this study, nothing else measured came close when predicting hegemonic tendencies.




Marketers must do more to end toxic masculinity

Sarah Everard was a marketer like us, and we can honour her memory through work and workplaces that exclude violence from the definition of masculinity.





The Mask you live in

The Mask You Live In follows boys and young men as they struggle to stay true to themselves while negotiating America’s narrow definition of masculinity.


Research shows that compared to girls, boys in the U.S. are more likely to be diagnosed with a behavior disorder, prescribed stimulant medications, fail out of school, binge drink, commit a violent crime, and/or take their own lives.




Links from the community

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  • Covid lockdown school closures ‘hit mothers’ mental health but left fathers unaffected’

Study of parents in England reveals mothers suffered from loneliness, depression and problems sleeping



  • The Women Who Mapped the Universe And Still Couldn’t Get Any Respect

At the beginning of the 20th century, a group of women known as the Harvard Observatory computers helped revolutionize the science of astronomy




Upcoming events and news from the community

  • WIT Talk with Frederic Hemmer

Thanks to Frederic Hemmer and Hannah Short for the WIT Talk yesterday and for sharing with the community on diversity issues and future challenges. Recording is now available: https://videos.cern.ch/record/2771485


Many interesting events are coming up before the summer break! Stay tuned! For the time being, please take these ones into account:


Have a great weekend,

Maria on behalf of the WIT Steering Committee

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