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Men in todays society are in trouble The question has sometimes been asked is there a macho-man stereotype plaguing todays man An invisible boundary keeping men back forcing them to conform to societys expectations A stereotype ridiculing those who dare disobey the imaginary commandments they are set to follow Unfortunately there are subtle yet noticeable hints of male stereotype in every aspect of society from real life events to literature and mediaThe basic fact that men are expected to support the family and be the real bread earners is probably the most affluential aspect of the macho-man stereotype The macho man myth stems from our basic childhood upbringing in society Our parents can not give us shelter from these implicit stereotypes because they are part of the society that helped raise such idealism In their childhood it was the mans job to be the sole provider of the household The wife would stay home raise the family and tend to the man of the house The macho-man myth can be classified as a gender stereotype Consequently males and even females are subject to such gender stereotypes at birth When we hear that a friend is having a baby our fist question is likely to be is it a boy or a girl As soon as the babys gender is known the world starts to socialize the child into male or female roles We buy the baby girl dolls and stuffed animals and purchase action figures and baseball gloves for the baby boy The girls room is painted in acute pink design while the boy gets blue wallpaper It is from birth that males are taught the invisible handbook on how to be a macho-manEven though boys are bombarded with large doses of masculinity during their childhood it is not until high school that the importance of male dominance appears During high school years the big muscular jocks are always more desired by women While
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