The alpha male definition in modern day media are often alludes with being resilient and being a womanizer. Men are being depicted to be tough and hide their feelings to be the alpha male. Moreover, men being shamed by others if they share their emotions,. This create an
unhappy life where men live behind a “mask” that they create. Thus, depression and suicidal thoughts occur. As mentioned before, adolescent male are much more likely to commit suicide and have depression compared to female. The typical alpha male gets associated with womanizing. A prominent example is Barney Stinson from How I Met Your Mother, whom slept with countless women and brag about with his friends. Boys are make to think that they have to have sex with women to prove that they are a real man. The idea causes damages toward both women and men. When women are getting rape and sexual abuses are viewed as normal and men feeling ashamed of themselves when they do not have sex with other women. The idea of a man being tough and sleep with countless women to be ideal causing both physical and emotional damages to everyone. Not only women, men are also the victim of body shaming by the media. Since they are idealize by having unachievable body ideal, being objectified and being portrayed as a resilient womanizer. Those attributes contribute towards gender inequality that the world is trying to eradicated. In order to move forward as a society, toxic gender stereotype for both men and women need to stop.
- Fall '19