In spite of the rise of feminism and gender equality in contemporary society, there are still a lot of men out there who suffer from toxic masculinity.
These are the kinds of men who think that they always need to be acting so tough and emotionless. These are the men who think that showing emotion is weak. These are the men who think that it’s okay to be abusive, stern, and close-minded because it’s the “manly” thing to do.
These are the kinds of men who resort to violence and abuse whenever things don’t go their way. And that just shouldn’t be the case at all. A real man should never be controlling and manipulative.
A real man should never have to resort to violence especially when proper communication can solve their problems. And most importantly, men have got to stop perpetuating the toxic male stereotype so that men will no longer feel pressured to act that way.
That’s why there is a need for a massive education campaign on what it truly means to be a real man. The more people are aware of what a “real man” should be, then the easier it will be to change the perception of the ideal masculine figure.
If you are a man reading this article, then it’s important that you subscribe to a lot of the things that are listed on here. You need to do your part in finally getting rid of toxic masculinity once and for all. Here are a few things that only men who don’t have toxic masculinity would do.
1. He knows that he doesn’t always have to act strong.
He knows that being a true man doesn’t necessarily have to mean acting strong all of the time. He knows that a real man is someone who is willing to admit that he’s weak and that there is plenty of room for improvement.
2. He understands that he doesn’t always have to be in control of a situation.
He knows that he doesn’t always have to be the leader in a situation just for him to prove his strength. A strong man can also be a follower. He is someone who doesn’t always have to be in control of the situation.
A strong man is someone who knows how to adapt to whatever situation that he finds himself in. He knows that there is more value in being flexible than in being too rigid and controlling.
3. He knows that emotional vulnerability isn’t a weakness.
A real man understands that just because you are emotionally vulnerable doesn’t mean that you are weak. He knows that men who are really strong are the ones who are secure enough in themselves to wear their hearts on their sleeves. He doesn’t really try to act as if he’s stronger than his feelings and emotions allow him to be.
4. He knows that there is strength in admitting his mistakes.
He knows that a really strong man isn’t someone who is never going to make mistakes in life. He knows that a strong man is someone who is actually humble enough to admit whenever he screws up.
A real man acknowledges his mistakes and he takes these as opportunities for him to grow and learn. He is always looking to become a better man and he knows that mistakes are essential aspects of growth.
5. He doesn’t try to hide his fears.
He knows that being a man doesn’t mean hiding one’s fears and apprehensions. He doesn’t try to sweep his fears under a rug in the hopes that they just go away.
He doesn’t act like his fears are just going to fix themselves. He knows that he has fears and he isn’t afraid to admit this to people. He knows that true strength isn’t measured by the absence of fear. But rather, a willingness to overcome these fears.
6. He doesn’t try to assert his power to others.
He understands that he doesn’t always have to assert his dominance and power over others. He is actually secure enough in who he is to acknowledge that he isn’t always going to be right. He is humble enough to know when he is wrong and he won’t force the issue by trying to overpower the people that he interacts with.
7. He never objectifies a woman.
He would never treat a woman as a mere object of pleasure. He would never see girls as mere sexual objects that exist to serve men. He always acknowledges the dignity in women.
He always makes sure that all of the women he encounters are respected and treated well. He would never want women to feel like they are inferior just because of their gender. He sees everyone as equals regardless of gender.