Toxic masculinity has been the backdrop of several recent stories about workplace sexual harassment and assault, discrimination against women, and sexist work cultures. Fortunately, the data suggests most men do not conform to this troubling brand of masculinity. A review of 94 psychological studies, including more 24, people and spanning the past 40 years, found that while women have adapted to workplace norms, by engaging in more stereotypically male behavior becoming more assertive, actively displaying ambition, and showing strength and confidence , men have not adapted alongside them. Even though business increasingly relies on relationships, trust, and reputation, men are not becoming more compassionate, warm, and understanding. Instead many men focus on leading and influencing through fear and dominance rather than building consensus and creating safe environments for employees to share ideas.
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A male is something you are by birth. A man is something you have to become. In fact, challenge is the driving force behind the success of the human race. From building massive skyscrapers and creating enormous tech companies to starting wars in an attempt to conquer other nations, challenge continually pushes us forward. Men back then instinctively knew this, so what did they do? They improved themselves, so they would have a better chance to pass on their genes. They became tougher.
We live in a world caught between two extremes. Yet in another, we revel in them. Subconsciously pining for a resurgence in traditional masculinity.
This means that from very early on boys get messages on what it means to be a boy. The graphics below are word clouds that display the words used to market toys to girls and boys respectively. The bigger the text, the more frequently it appears in toy marketing material. From an early age these messages work to shape individuals into boys or girls. In addition to external sources, boys and men learn conventional gender roles from family and friends.