Negative Roles Of Masculinity

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With the constant masculine practices and interactions such as dominance, and control, Forshee interviewed trans men who had a very hard time understanding what it means to be a man for them (Forshee, 2006). A lot of Forshee’s transmen interviewees did not view themselves as masculine and many of them were uncomfortable with the ideal social expectations of being masculine (Forshee, 2006). It does seem that transgender men do not want to continue or play the ideal gender role of being a man. They would rather not have all of those masculine “traits” because they are consistently in search of their authentic selves and for them it will always be a constant battle between what it means to be a man and the practice of living as a guy. Forshee (2006) argues that transgender men want “to be a guy and to keep what works and leave behind the stereotype baggage” (p. 128). Trans men need and want to have certain traits such as bravery and strength to feel and look like a man without any negative effects of masculinity like sexual aggression, risky behavior, or being violent. Masculinity is a complicated situation for trans men because of the number of expectations for them and to resist the negative masculine stereotypes.

There are constant expectations of what masculinity is-based on the roles that have to be played in everyday life to be considered a man. It is likely to be a difficult challenge for transgender men because they have to constantly think about their actions and
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