Masculinity And Its Effects On Society 's Views Of Masculinity

1122 WordsMar 5, 20165 Pages
Masculinity in the 21st century United States can be best defined as having traits of toughness and physical strength. A “manly” man cannot show emotion and is only able to show aggression. This aggression and competiveness is supported by society through its interpretation of what is considered appropriate male behavior and activities needed to survive. Paul Theroux in “Being a Man”, he examines society’s views of masculinity. He states that “the whole idea of manhood in America is pitiful, in my opinion. This version of masculinity is a little like having to wear an ill-fitting coat for one’s entire life... Even the expression ‘Be a man!’ strikes me as insulting and abusive. It means: Be stupid, be unfeeling, obedient, soldierly and stop thinking” (pg. 379). There is figurative language in the quote, more specifically a metaphor comparing masculinity to an “ill-fitting coat”. The metaphor is creating a better understanding of how Mr. Theroux views masculinity. It shows that societies version of masculinity which is to “be stupid, be unfeeling, obedient, soldierly and stop thinking” does not fit an individual. By comparing to an ill-fitting coat, it shows that masculinity is wrongfully placed on males and in a sense society is wrong to attempt to force those aspects on them. In “About Men” Gretel Ehrlich talks about the romanticized image of the cowboy that America has created. She states that “instead of the macho, trigger-happy man our culture has perversely
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