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The cure for masculinity isn’t less, but more

Article here. Excerpt:

'The American Psychological Association has published new guidelines to help psychologists and the rest of us better understand men and boys. Unfortunately, the APA has reached the conclusion that traditional masculinity is harmful to men and in order for them to be healthier, older notions need to be upended.

Hogwash. Men who foster and execute healthy ideas about masculinity help themselves, and others, become healthier men.

The APA introduces its new guidelines this way: “Thirteen years in the making, they draw on more than 40 years of research showing that traditional masculinity is psychologically harmful and that socializing boys to suppress their emotions causes damage that echoes both inwardly and outwardly.” What is this traditional masculinity that is so harmful? Are boys really socialized to suppress their emotions? The APA identifies traditional masculinity as “marked by stoicism, competitiveness, dominance and aggression.”'

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