Tanzania, Two Thousand Eighteen Minutes discussed on The Takeaway


This is the takeaway with tanzania vega what does it mean to be a man in two thousand eighteen how do we define masculinity we asked you and here's what you told us to be a man and two thousand eighteen minutes somewhat difficult the definition of masculinity is changing it took me a long time to figure out what it meant to be a man because i found my father it'd be very overbearing men are oftentimes told to suck it up it is what it is we're supposed to deal but you know how do you do you still need to shoot a born narrow every once in a while lift weights be the one plus the trash i one of those guys that likes to open a door for a person i don't even know we're often criticized for very thanks to make us men my quiet personality tends to get mistaken for the macho guy kinda cowboy attitude for big dude wear pink sunglasses pink shoes and occasionally don't mind dressing for the leggings and address traditional definitions no longer capture all of masculinity for decades american masculinity was often coupled with the idea of heroin john wayne types who were decisive strong and of course breadwinners but today that image is shifting from the metoo movement to mass shootings and mental health many american men and women are trying to redefine what it means to be a man but that vision of american masculinity is also turning dark quickly white supremacists men's rights movement father rights angry white boys the school shooters men who are violent against women in cells the thing that unites all of those different groups in terms of where their vision is what i came to call aggrieved entitlement that's dr michael kimmel of stony brook university and he's been studying men and masculinity for decades dr kimmel says that the anger expressed today by these different groups of men is the result of a specific mindset i bought into this system you promised me that if i worked hard and i paid my taxes and i was a good man that i would be able to reap the same rewards at my father and grandfather did and that world's gone well why would i have done that if you didn't promise me so they feel betrayed we're starting to become more comfortable calling white male extremism by its name but real solutions still feel hard to come by and changing definitions about masculinity aren't just about white men either black men latino men want the same kinds of power they wanna be at the kind of apex of the hierarchy in the same ways white men do in many communities at the same time there also coping with the reality that they're often not that's professor beta negate out of ucla we don't know what's going on in our society that has resulted in so many boys of color who are unsuccessful now some of that is we can attribute just to racism and bias but there's more to it because it racism would would affect girls in the same ways and i think a lot of it has to do with this ways in which masculinity black masculinity latino masculinity gets constructed and results in a undervaluing of education of the kind of soft skills that many times women are acquiring like how to work with people and it places young men at a huge disadvantage young men of color are being placed at a huge disadvantage and aguirre says we have to be careful we don't want to see the same kind of angry backlash we're seeing among some white males also show up amongst black and latino males out of a sense of lost entitlement that then is taken out on women and girls all this week on the takeaway we're going to talk about men and not just angry men will hear from men who had thought about what healthy masculinity can look like parents who want their sons to know there's more than one way to be a man and we'll be hearing from you on your definitions of masculinity in two thousand eighteen call us at eight seven.

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