Masculinity : Masculinity And Masculinity

1593 Words Dec 14th, 2016 7 Pages
Masculinity is a topic that has been debated in society quite often. Many wonder what is means to be masculine and if there can truly be one definition to a term that can vary so widely. Traditional masculinity has certain characteristics assigned to it such as strength, power, control, to be tough, and show no emotion, etc. These traits and thus masculinity have been traditionally assigned to the male body as “the male body is the most common purveyor of masculinity, but that does not mean that masculinity is entirely contained within the male body” (Reeser 17). While the male body might appear to be the most natural element of masculinity “masculinity has no natural attachment to the male body, even if is it commonly considered a male belonging” (Reeser 131). Transgender men, individuals who have transitioned or in the process of transitioning from female to male, embrace cultural ideals of masculinity as a means of being accepted into society as male. In this sense, masculinity can be perceived as a performance that transgender men give in order to successfully move through the world as male. Masculinity offers a sort of camouflage that allows transgender men to function as men without having to reveal their transgender status. The camouflage that embracing traditional ideal of masculinity and visibly passing as cisgender allows a sense of relief and safety for transgender men. This essay will examine how transgender men perform masculinity as crucial aspect…
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