Shrinks Now Calling Traditional Masculinity ‘A Pathology In Need Of A Cure’

Written by Wes Walker on January 8, 2019

APA has some new guidelines for how shrinks should counsel boys.

Just as you’d expect with any report including the word ‘patriarchy’, the new guidelines are not particularly friendly to traditional masculinity.

The main thrust of the subsequent research is that traditional masculinity—marked by stoicism, competitiveness, dominance and aggression—is, on the whole, harmful. Men socialized in this way are less likely to engage in healthy behaviors. For example, a 2011 study led by Kristen Springer, PhD, of Rutgers University, found that men with the strongest beliefs about masculinity were only half as likely as men with more moderate masculine beliefs to get preventive health care … And in 2007, researchers … found that the more men conformed to masculine norms, the more likely they were to consider as normal risky health behaviors such as heavy drinking, using tobacco and avoiding vegetables, and to engage in these risky behaviors themselves …

This masculine reluctance toward self-care extends to psychological help. Research led by Omar Yousaf, PhD, found that men who bought into traditional notions of masculinity were more negative about seeking mental health services than those with more flexible gender attitudes …

For this reason, mental health professionals need to be aware that men are often reluctant to admit vulnerability, …

“Because of the way many men have been brought up—to be self-sufficient and able to take care of themselves—any sense that things aren’t OK needs to be kept secret,” Rabinowitz says. “Part of what happens is men who keep things to themselves look outward and see that no one else is sharing any of the conflicts that they feel inside. That makes them feel isolated. They think they’re alone. They think they’re weak. They think they’re not OK. They don’t realize that other men are also harboring private thoughts and private emotions and private conflicts.”
Source: APA

Sommers sums it up succinctly:

Of course, their ‘solution’ is to breed the competitive hero out of the male psyche.

This ignores the very solution that men USED to turn to… our OWN male-only social networks where we could be free to work out our issues, struggles, and vulnerabilities in relative peace.

They are exactly the same social networks that Society demonized, drove out of existence, and (in the name of ‘sexual equality’) forced men to allow women access to… destroying the very purpose of a men’s-only environment in the first place… the freedom to let our guard down among other men.

The solution isn’t the death of the heroic. It isn’t a soy-enriched diet.

Why should we expect a profession that’s now offering puberty-blockers to children to understand traditional masculinity?

All we really want is a chance to be left alone with other guys once in a while, to play some sports, shoot some pool, play some cards, smoke some cigars, or otherwise bond with other men and sort out our place in the world at the end of a long week.

For what that looks like, and how fellowship with other guys can help keep you sane at the end of a crazy week, check out the conversation Doug and pastor Rich had about exactly that:

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It’s really not that complicted.

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