Toxic masculinity has been one of the harp strings the social justice warriors and the progressive left have been plucking for several years now. Every time a man committed a crime or dared to act in a masculine way, that was the poison that was harming the world.
Just in time to remind us how horrible masculinity is, the American Psychological Association recently released “Guidelines for Psychological Practice with Boys and Men”, the main principle being:
Traditional masculinity — marked by stoicism, competitiveness, dominance, and aggression — is, on the whole, harmful.
Keep in mind that we are suffering from a lack of masculinity, not too much of it. There are boys growing up without the guidance of a strong male role model and it is showing. For instance, most mass shooters grew up in households without a father.
But the APA is determined to show that traditional masculinity, which has been around for thousands of years, is all of the sudden stunting the psychological development of boys. This also comes at a time where boys are being told that they are not worth as much as the girls they share the world with.
David French wrote today that:
It is interesting that in a world that otherwise teaches boys and girls to “be yourself,” that rule often applies to everyone but the “traditional” male who has traditional male impulses and characteristics. Then, they’re a problem. Then, they’re often deemed toxic. Combine this reality with a new economy that doesn’t naturally favor physical strength and physical courage to the same extent, and it’s easy to see how men struggle.
We now live in a country where the preeminent psychological group has declared masculinity a problem. One has to wonder how long it will take until “masculinity” ends up in the DSM.