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Tyrone Cloyd Baltimore MD Gender equality has been a social concern since man step foot on earth When we think of gender equality discrimination against women is what comes to mind but in recent years psychologist and sociologist have began to study how men are discriminated against It is considered general knowledge that men still make more money a year then women and it is true that men hold most of the position of power in society Recent studies have concluded that there is an aspect of society that discriminates against men This aspect of society is deeply rooted in the American culture and it is hard to name to discuses and to study Gender roles for men then are viewed not as biological givens but as social constructions created from the expectations of social forces such as parents teachers peers and the media about what constitute masculinity Pleck 1995 Mahalik 1998 Men are socialized to believe in the importance of success power and competitiveness Because the male socialization experience is theorized to create negative feelings such as anxiety and shame related to all things feminine the development of rigid traditional male roles or male gender role conflict ONeil Helms Gable David Wrightsman 1986 Mahalik 1998 Looking at male emotional socialization from the framework of the gender role strain paradigm many boys are required to block their feelings and restrict the expression of their vulnerable and caring emotions Levant Mahalik 1998 Because of this a man experiences any particular facet of self that he considers feminine with great conflict and anxiety because he believes it threatens his manhood Mahalik Cournoyer Defranc Cherry and Napolitano 1998 As a result of this fear of femininity men are believed to over conform to traditional male roles as a coping strategy to avoid femininity Pleck 1995 Mahalik 1998 Men are taught to use their roles prescribed by society as a psychological defense When a man is confronted with
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