He staked me out marked as his property said I was the only girl he would ever

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earlier in the summer to marry him, then he promptly forgot about it. He staked me out, marked as his property, said I was the only girl he would ever love, then he neglected me. They [Dill and Jem] spent days together in the treehouse plotting and planning, calling me only when they needed a third party (Lee 41). This display of marking “property” is also a common occurrence in the lives of adults in 2019. To show masculinity, many men feel they have to claim a woman, a way of marking them as “his property.” However, women are not prizes or objects to be won, but have souls that need to be nurtured and protected. In business, sometimes a woman is hired just to fill the female quota of a company. She is treated as an object to satisfy corporate equality requirements. Men are the main ones who occupy leadership roles and out rule the women leaving them to fill lower positions. The “toxic masculinity” displayed in a 59 year old book proves this has been a problem for many years. This topic of “toxic masculinity” is dominating Ted Talks, psychological studies at universities, and articles across the web. The harsh stereotypes men have to face are brutal. They are often told to “man up” whenever facing a difficult situation. Many times men feel they have to show and prove their masculinity, as some sort of competition. A common line of
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thinking harmful to men is this: caring about another makes you weak, so not caring about them must equal strength. This thought can lead to violence against women, children, or anyone. There is a common saying: “men cry bullets”. When men feel they have nowhere to go with their emotion, violence is sometimes their answer, as 93 percent of people in jail are men. Since men feel the pressure to prove their masculinity, they are not supposed to express emotion. They bottle up all of their emotion, thus having to release all of it eventually in one event, usually leading to violence. If this stereotype was not an issue, suicide rates would not be as high as they are in men which are 4 times higher than in women. In contrast however, in the charming story of To Kill a Mockingbird , we see Atticus Finch, the essential hero of the story express his feelings to his children. Atticus only uses violence once in the book to shoot a rabid dog. The reason he does that is to protect others. He had countless opportunities to hurt others. As Bob Ewell was a man who despised Atticus for his belief of all men being created equal. Bob Ewell brought a mob of men to Atticus and Atticus could have hurt them, but chose not to. Atticus had his children get attacked and could have gone out and shown violence to others but chose to express and let his feelings out in a healthy, safe manner. Atticus shows sympathy towards many of the people in Macomb. Showing emotion is considered to not be very masculine. For Atticus to openly do this in front of the whole town was very brave. Scout explains one of Atticus’s typically feminine beliefs, “One time he said you never really know a man until you stand in his shoes and walk around in them” (Lee 229). Atticus’s main act of sympathy was taking Tom Robinson’s case. Tom Robinson was a black man who was accused of raping a
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