Toxic masculinity is toxic not just for women but men also. Here’s how men can break free from being toxic
Toxic masculinity especially in the Indian culture is something that is appreciated. It is a predecessor for a man to be ‘man enough.’ A boy child can imagine being a little less toxic if only he would have not had those moral ideas and ideals imposed on him because he is a man. And since their childhood, they are taught to embrace masculinity, it is not them but the society that has been failing to raise men rightly. But dear men, just for you realize that you have signs of toxic masculinity, that’s a positive sign. And there is hope for you to break free from toxic masculinity.
Here’s How You Break Free From Toxic Masculinity
1. Accepting that you are toxic instead of being in a state of denial
2. Examining the unconscious biases
The whole idea of toxic masculinity is based on the gender biases people have. Examining the conscious as well as unconscious biases. It can be difficult to identify but youvey got to think harder and consciously analyze yourself so as to be a little less toxic. These unconscious biases may include looking for appreciation from your sister or wife for doing the bare minimum, perse ‘helping’ them in the household. Helping them in the household is a biased statement in itself as it assumes that the household is women’s work. That’s the bias.
3. Understanding the experiences of the other gender groups
4. Grab some gender studies and readings to understand gender politics
There is no substitute for reading and learning. After all, it is a process of learning, unlearning, relearning. Reading books and gender studies is your way of refueling with new information about gender politics. It is your chance to forget about the wrongs that you have learnt and now know what’s right.