According to the American Psychological Association’s first-ever guidelines on counseling boys and men, “traditional masculinity” negatively affects men’s physical and mental health. The APA even alleges that it contributes to boys performing poorly in schools and leads to drug addiction, alcoholism, homicide, and suicide.
The APA’s “gender-aware” Guidelines for Psychological Practice With Boys and Men concludes that “traditional masculinity—marked by stoicism, competitiveness, dominance, and aggression—is, on the whole, harmful” and socializes boys toward “anti-femininity, achievement, eschewal of the appearance of weakness, and adventure, risk, and violence.” In other words, normal masculine impulses are responsible for many of society’s ills.
And Gillette, which launched a razor commercial Sunday decrying “toxic masculinity,” is jumping on the bandwagon with its “The Best Men Can Be” campaign by stating, “as a company that encourages men to be their best, we have a responsibility to make sure we are promoting positive, attainable, inclusive, and healthy versions of what it means to be a man.”
But BreakPoint’s John Stonestreet suggests, “the solution isn’t to caricature and then reject masculinity like a disorder. It is to rediscover and embrace real masculinity, which God declared to be ‘very good.’”
Commentator Ben Shapiro adds, “If you want to raise a generation of men who will treat women well, act as protectors rather than victimizers, and become the bedrock for a stable society, you need more masculinity, not less.”
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