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Masculinity is a topic that has been debated in our society extensively through research as well as in informal settings Many wonder what it means to be masculine and if we can really assign a definition to such a term After all shouldnt ones own perception determine what is masculine This would be ideal in our society but unfortunately it isnt Masculinity has certain characteristics assigned to it by our culture In this paper I will explore masculinity and demonstrate how certain beliefs pertaining to it are in our society Men are primarily and secondarily socialized into believing certain characteristics are definitive in determining their manliness and masculinity Witt 76 These characteristics range from not crying when they get hurt to playing violently The idea of masculinity in our society begins as early as the first stages of infancy A childs sense of self or self-concept is a result of the multitude of ideas attitudes behaviors and beliefs to which he is exposed Witt 76 From the start of a boys life he is socialized into the belief that he should be tough Often when boys get hurt or come whimpering to their mother or father the fated words Little boys dont cry are said Children internalize parental messages regarding gender at an early age with awareness of adult sex role differences being found in two-year-old children One study found that children at two and half years of age use gender stereotypes in negotiating their world and are likely to generalize gender stereotypes to a variety of activities objects and occupations Witt 76 This teaches males that boys and men are not allowed to cry There also exists the belief that boys are often required to do mens work outside of the home such as mowing the lawn cleaning the garage ect and not sissy womens work such as cooking and cleaning etc Other factors help to create certain standards expected
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