When you hear “toxic masculinity”, what comes to mind? Fundamentally, “toxic masculinity” is the belief that masculinity can be toxic, not that it inherently is toxic. While it is often attributed to women, particularly feminists, the origins of the term trace back to one of the leaders of the Mythopoetic Men’s Movement, Shepherd Bliss.
Toxic masculinity is a term that is often used to describe the negative aspects of exaggerated masculine qualities. Over time the term has evolved and has a place both in academia and everyday speech.
But people often misinterpret the word toxic masculinity which could lead to further misunderstanding and irritation. However, the concepts underlying ‘traditional’ masculinity are complex. Moreover, some people may find it difficult to challenge archaic thinking and to move past these negative aspects of traditional and outdated male values, and it can take time.
To do so, it is essential first to understand what toxic masculinity is and why it exists.
Societal pressures, expectations from family and sexual partners, and even expectations of religious identities can be burdensome to a man seeking out his masculine identity.
Some social, political, or religious groups may offer a set of guidelines for a healthy form of masculinity, and is better for an individual to stick to their definition, so long as it does not harm themselves or others.
Hence, Women’s health issue is something that we always talk about, but we often miss talking about Men’s health which is as equally important.
Sexual desire is perhaps the most important aspect of sexual function in both men and women and it drives all sexual acts. Sexual desire is often closely related to the level of testosterone and given the inverse relationship between testosterone and the aging process, low sexual desire is not uncommon among older and hypogonadal men.
Age is a major element playing a role when it comes to sexual desire, a significant percentage increases with aging or can cause a loss of sexuality which is normal and inevitable with the aging process.
In an exclusive interaction with Healthwire, Mr. Suhas Misra, CEO & Co-Founder, Misters shared some insights on this topic and said, “One of most interesting things we find is that men find it very difficult to acknowledge that there’s an issue and follows logically that unless and until you acknowledge there is something to be improved you won’t find ways of improving it. So, how the conversation is suppressed that men can’t easily talk about their intimate issues or private issues with their friends means that there is very little information to get from your social circuits. In these conversations, men either go silent or not have a conversation at all, and it generally happens due to socio-cultural aspects of not having a conversation or at least not having an honest conversation which means that if there is a question and that question assumes much greater significance than it should be because then the whole idea of being a man gets challenged.”
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