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Cooper Thompson in his article A new Vision of Masculinity discusses the stereotypical definition of masculinity He demonstrates that there are good qualities in both male and female he insists that boys should learn both qualities and combine them properly to from new masculinity Thompson opens the article with his experience in a suburban high school as a guest speaker In the class discussion he learns that the most degrading insult for boys is being called a fag because the word fag explains that he does not have masculine qualities He indicates that high school students associate masculinity with stereotypic definition of strength77 Yet he shows that this strength is only a limited definition of strength because this strength is based on dominance by disgracing inferior people Thompson supports his notion by inserting the introduction Reweaving the Web of Life by Pam McAllister The author depicts the traditional definitions of masculinity and problems with that Traditional definitions of masculinity include attributes such as independence pride resiliency self-control and physical strength78 Sometimes masculinity is related to violence violence became the tool maintaining their masculinity among boys Then he mentions the two most critical socializing forces in a boys life homophobia and misogyny He explains that homophobia hatred of feminine qualities in men and misogyny hatred of feminine qualities in women put pressure on them to avoid femininity even good qualities of femininity Then he argues the negative side of the traditional view of masculinity He claims that believing in masculinity is being tough daring and aggressive can put great pressure on boys Thompson explains that this false view not only creates emotional stress but also increase chances of physical injury since so many boys are competing to be the toughest one In contrast Thompson admires nurturance a quality not valued because it is not a quality perceived as masculine He points out that this quality decreases emotional gap and guides people to better interpersonal relationshipThe author
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