Analysis Of ' Being A Man '

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Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, or so it seems. Society implements the standard of beauty in our everyday lives. It controls what roles women are expected to perform. A similar anticipation goes for men, but for “masculinity’. Every individual man is supposed to be masculine and have some sort of manly quality. Paul Theroux in “Being a Man” discusses how as a male, one is expected to meet society’s standards of masculinity. He as well mentions his reasoning on why that principle of behavior is invalid. Theroux argues that men have it just as bad as women do when it comes to fulfilling society’s ideal image. Naomi Wolf in “The Beauty Myth” however, believes women have it harder to live up to society’s idealistic femininity, and the beauty myth is a restriction. It is more difficult to fit into society’s beauty standards as a woman than it is for a man to live up to a “manly” nature Living life in society as a man has its hardships. In order to be considered a “man” in society, a male must fit the ideal criteria. Paul Theroux argues that society’s standard of masculinity for a man is just as challenging as femininity is for a woman. According to Theroux, “the expression ‘Be a man!’ strikes me as insulting and abusive. It means: Be stupid, be unfeeling, obedient, soldierly, and stop thinking” (1). Having such cold and negative qualities is unappealing, yet it is expected. If a man decides not to follow these norms, then he is subjected to scrutiny. For example, Theroux
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