“No-One likes to being called a ‘Man'”, says a man who has found himself on the receiving end of a lot of flak from fellow men and a few feminist bloggers who feel the word ‘manhood’ is somehow offensive.
“If you’re a woman, ‘man,’ you know, is not the word that you would hear most often, and I have heard many women saying that it’s the word they hear most frequently when they’re speaking to someone who’s been told that they have a problem with ‘man’.”
But it’s a really hard word to define and I’m not a doctor or a social worker, so I have no idea what the word means, so when I hear the word man, I think, ‘Oh my God, what’s that all about?’
“Dr. Michael J. DeCarlo, who is a clinical psychologist and psychiatrist, has been writing about masculinity for years.
He says he has been called a “man-hater” and “manphobe” by the men he has spoken with.
But in the latest issue of the journal Psychology Today, he takes issue with what he calls the “patriarchy’s constant attack on masculinity.””
I think it’s really insulting when men are being asked to define what they consider ‘manliness’ to be.
There’s no doubt that men are more physically robust than women.
But to equate ‘manly’ with physical prowess is just offensive,” he says.”
When you’re not physically strong, you’re less of a man.
You’re less masculine.
You’ve been taught to look at men and say ‘You’re not a man.’
“It’s the same with women, too.
We are not meant to be the physical and sexual object of sexual desire.
We’re meant to take care of the babies and raise the children.
It’s the opposite of what ‘mankind’ means.”
Dr. DeCaplo says he’s not an expert on masculinity, but he thinks that when it comes to gender issues, there are different views within the community.
“It seems to me that people who identify as male and female tend to hold more positive views of the sexes,” he said.
“I think there are some who are really negative views about men and women, and those are the ones who are more likely to come out and say they have problems with ‘womanhood’.”
Dr. Jodie Foster says that the word is a “problematic and hurtful word,” and that it is “often used to shame, silence and dismiss those who are different.”
“The word ‘woman’ is associated with female-centric concepts like fairness and equality, and as a result, it is often used to oppress those who identify with a gender other than the one in which they were born.”
It is harmful because it reinforces and reinforces gender stereotypes.
It also sends a message that we’re different, that we can’t be trusted, that somehow we’re more capable than others.
“Dr Foster adds that there are more than 100 different terms for what she calls “gender dysphoria,” which is the name given to a condition in which people experience discomfort when they identify with their gender at birth, or as they age.”
The term ‘gender dysphoric’ has been around for a long time.
It is a very complex condition, and the term ‘man-hood’ has become a shorthand for a range of things that don’t actually make sense,” she said.”
For example, some men are born with female anatomy, but have a vagina that’s different from what most women have, and therefore they don’t feel as feminine.
Others have female anatomy and male anatomy, and they identify as both.
“And it’s not just a male-female issue.
It can be a female-male issue too.
There are men who have the same body as women and they feel they’re not feminine enough, and so they’ll try to find someone who will label them as being ‘manish.'”
I’m not saying that’s a bad thing, or that men shouldn’t have a voice.
I’m just saying that the way we label our bodies and our identities doesn’t make us feel good.
It doesn’t create a better world.
“Dr DeCarlos believes there is still hope for change, but it can only come from men.”
Men are still the majority of the world’s population.
Men are the most vulnerable in this world, they’re the most disadvantaged, they are the least likely to have access to healthcare.
So if men don’t get this attention, it won’t change,” he added.”
We have to start by changing our language.
‘Man-hating’ isn’t the way to do that.
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