ERIC Number: ED264325
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: 0
Ties That Bind: The Price of Pursuing the Male Mystique. PEER Report Number One.
The women's movement has shown how outdated assumptions about women block their freedom to achieve and stunt their earning power, but traditional stereotypes also exact a toll from men. Boys growing up in today's society must "prove" themselves to be full-fledged males, and are discouraged from being aesthetic, sensual, and nurturing. Athletics are just one proving ground for masculinity. Messages that equate manhood with toughness and a refusal to compromise may contribute to the high rate of male disciplinary problems in school. Traditional relationships and role expectations between the sexes also place heavy burdens on men, who often are expected to be the sole or major financial support for a family. This pattern has negative consequences for childrearing, as fathers spend relatively little time with their children and are not involved with the emotional aspects of parenting. In general, men's repression of their own emotions results in psychological stress and even in physical illness. Educators have an opportunity to help students of both sexes to free themselves from old notions about sex roles and to expand their concept of femininity and masculinity. A brief list of resources cites an organization, an instructional packet, books, and two film medium sources. (GC)
Descriptors: Males, Masculinity, Parent Child Relationship, Psychological Patterns, Sex Role, Sex Stereotypes
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund, Washington, DC. Project on Equal Education Rights.