The actions of specific men have led to the creation of a grand category of “toxic masculinity” where oftentimes masculine traits are generally condemned rather than only specific unacceptable behavior.
Masculinity can certainly be toxic, but it can be non-toxic, as well. The positive traits should be celebrated as much as the negative characteristics are called out. Using one’s masculinity to put others down is absolutely wrong, but our culture should engage in a conversation about the beneficial masculine traits that should be embraced over these.
Legitimate complaints about toxic masculinity need to be heard out, but in our modern-day meme culture, we jump to labeling all too easily.
There are certainly actions that are toxic, wrong and sinful. Everyone can act in toxic ways—and create unhealthy environments for those around them. We all have to actively work every day to make the lives of the people with whom we interact better, not worse.
While many who use this term are earnestly pointing to specific actions taken by men, the effect on culture, in general, can be negative. The message sent to young people is that masculine tendencies are inherently hurtful. Using masculinity in order to be abusive is the problem; throwing out “masculinity” in its entirety is not the solution.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Charlotte Pence