In modern society, many of the ways we talk about male identity have either negative connotations or encourage disparaging, eye-rolling satire. If the term is man, then common terms we hear are "man flu," "manspreading," or "mansplaining." If the term is dad, then there is a droll shaking of the head at a "dad bod" or at "dad jokes." If the term is guy, it is often in relation to stubbornly self-defeating behaviour: 'I got sick, but I did the typical guy thing, and didn't go see the doctor." Or: "I was battling with my mental health, but I did the typical guy thing and didn't ask for help." If the term is masculinity, it is often used in relation to things males must atone for or confront: "toxic masculinity," or "the crisis in masculinity." If educators, psychologists, and the media want to dissect emerging troubles in masculine identity, then a good place to start would be to acknowledge that many of the ways we talk about male identity undermine this goal. This is a problem that...
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