Toxic masculinity evolves from the extreme pressure, from society, family members or peers, for men to act in a certain way. When they behave in this manner, they’re then viewed as “real men”. However, most of these behaviours are usually harmful not only to men but to those around them. Over time, such men develop toxic masculinity traits that they project to the rest of the world. Studies have found that men commit 90% of homicides and are 3.5 times more likely to commit suicide compared to women. Here are some toxic masculinity traits you should look out for.
Toxic masculinity teaches men that homosexuality is not only less masculine but is a corruption of the natural order. Apart from disapproving of same-sex relationships, they also refuse to engage in behaviour that they may deem as “gay” even when it has nothing to do with their sexuality. For instance, some men may refuse to carry an umbrella because it’s seen as a feminine trait.
They Refer To Women As Sluts
Slut shaming is a common toxic masculinity trait. This is because such men think that women are properties of men. Therefore, when they see a woman having multiple sexual partners even when they’re not in a relationship with them, they will have an issue with it. As a woman, you should be careful of men who talk about other women in this manner because they will do the same or worse when you start dating.
Despite having an issue with women who have many sexual partners, they don’t seem to think the same standard applies to them. In fact, they think having many women as a man is a good thing and it proves how manly they are. Traditionally, men were praised for having many sexual encounters and the playboy was always glorified in movies. However, this behaviour is now seen as a toxic masculinity trait.
Toxic masculinity and feminism are like oil and water. They just don’t mix and both sides think of the other as the enemy. A toxic masculine man doesn’t think of women as his equals. Therefore, he thinks that they shouldn’t be awarded the same rights as men. They also associate feminism with aggressive, unattractive, man-hating women. In reality, anybody can be a feminist, even their fellow men. When He Makes It His Mission To Save You From Feminism
They Don’t Do House Chores
House chores and other domestic duties are for women, according to men with a toxic masculine mentality. Such men can’t even clean up after themselves or offer to help around the house when they see that their partner is overwhelmed. They believe it’s the woman’s work to take care of the house and doing such chores as men are seen as emasculating which can provoke an overcompensating response.
They Don’t Offer Help
You’d think that someone who views himself as the epitome of masculinity would be very ready and willing to help. After all, the traditional man was the protector and defender of those who couldn’t defend themselves. However, a study showed that toxic masculinity can prevent men from offering a helping hand. They are less likely to help when they see someone getting assaulted. They’re also less likely to comfort someone in distress.
They’re Physically Aggressive
In most cases, toxic men feel physically weak. They were either bullied in school by bigger kids or put down by their parents which they couldn’t defend themselves against. When they get older, they become obsessed with physical strength and proving their strength. Therefore, they are more prone to become violent and assert their dominance, especially over women. 8 Places That Domestic Abuse Victims Can Seek Help
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