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Gender norm: Men are expected to hide their emotions 1 Running head: GENDER NORM: MEN ARE EXPECTED TO HIDE THEIR EMOTIONS Gender norm: Men are expected to hide their emotions Kaplan University SS-260 Gender and Society Instructor: Pearlie M. Jones, PhD
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Gender norm: Men are expected to hide their emotions 2 The Gender norm that I chose is, “Men are expected to hide their emotions.” Men are expected to be aggressive; to fight for themselves, their families and what they feel is right. Men are expected to be forceful, ruthless and strong. Our society expects every man to be constantly competitive but does not expect him to show any signs of tenderness - indeed; these are likely to be dismissed as signs of weakness and unsuitability. Most men still don't feel able to exhibit traditionally female qualities. Most men still hide their emotions from one another and from themselves. It is the burying their emotions which results in men suffering so much damage from stress. Deep down most men are just as romantic, compassionate and sensitive as most women. But most men dare not admit their gentleness, their sensitivity or their graciousness to themselves - let alone show it to others. They cover their sensitivity with crude jokes, whispers and physical bravery. As stress becomes increasingly invasive and inescapable so men suffer more and more from stress-related disorders. Men are as soft and as emotional as women; they need sympathy, support and encouragement just as much as women. There is a man inside every woman and a woman inside every man. Search terms: - men and emotions; - masculinity and emotions; - men and sensitivity; - male emotions
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Gender norm: Men are expected to hide their emotions 3 I selected this Gender Norm to explore because it is interesting. I have three boys of my own. Gaining some knowledge of male gender issues will help me understand what they face growing up being male gendered. Another reason I chose to explore this norm was because of the amount of information that I found in the Kaplan University’s Online Library. I should be able to complete an essay with plenty of sources to back up my writing. OUTLINE THESIS. Although the current state of culture and gender ideology reflects the gradual shift in consciousness toward accepting emotions as a normal part of masculinity, men still view emotions as a weakness and seek to conceal their emotions and sensitivity under the pressure of the dominant masculinity norms. I. Masculinity and emotions: the general discussion a. Men and their emotional sphere b. The role of male emotions in sexuality, work, and education. II. Masculinity and public vs. private: Brokeback Mountain as the triumph of male sensitivity? a.
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This note was uploaded on 09/25/2010 for the course SS SS260 taught by Professor Pearliejones during the Spring '10 term at Kaplan University.

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