MASKULINITY

We each have a face for the faces we meet.

As a patriarchal society, we reward masculinity and punish femininity. It’s easy to see why we are incentivized to put on Mask-ulinity .

Maskulinity

THE STOIC MASK

Demands that men never show emotion

Maskulinity

THE ATHLETIC MASK

Demands that men must be physically superior to their peers

Maskulinity

THE AGGRESIVE MASK

Demands that men show aggression whenever they are angry

Maskulinity

THE SEXUAL MASK

Dictates that men must be promiscuous and successful sexually

Maskulinity

THE LONE WOLF

Demands that men should not ask for help

Maskulinity

THE KNOW-IT-ALL MASK

Demands that men be intellectually superior to their peers

Maskulinity

THE INVINCIBLE MASK

Demands that men show no signs of emotional or physical pain

Maskulinity

THE MATERIAL MASK

Demands that men pursue material wealth and possessions

Maskulinity

THE ALPHA MASK

Demands that men portray an image of dominance over their peers

WHY DO WE PUT ON THESE MASKS?

A good framework to understanding why we do what we do is Habit Loops. If we reward masculinity and punish femininity, it’s easy to see why we use Maskulinity.

The Trigger: the event that starts the habit.
The Routine: the behaviour that you perform, the habit itself.
The Reward: the benefit that is associated with the behaviour.

Masculinity Habit Loop

Trigger: Want or Fear
Routine: Maskulinity
Reward: Gain or Safety

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