Men Who Have Macho Lifestyle Seem Alluring
Some movies may make men who have macho lifestyle seem alluring, a recent study has found that hypermasculine males when they get old could suffer from a host of health and social issues.
The study shows how toxic masculinity also has detrimental consequences for the men. The study was published within the journal Sex Roles.
“toxic masculinity” meaning in men being “autonomous and not showing a lot of emotion.”
To study how they are related, the team in about 2 years analyzed nearly 5,500 older men and women and tried to determine the level at which each male participant subscribed to traditionally masculine ideals.
“Having people with whom we can talk about personal matters is a form of social support,” says Shuster, whose study found that men were less likely than women to confide in others.
Shuster adds, “If people only have one person that they can share information with, or sometimes even no people, they don’t really have an opportunity to reflect and share.”
This refusal to seek outside help can cause toxic masculinity adherents to become siphoned out of society as they age, according to Shuster. Indeed, male boomers — those born between 1940 and the mid-1960s — are increasingly struggling to maintain and forge friendships as they retire, which is, in turn, exacerbated by moving their homes or their partner dying or other expected events happened to them.
The study should be a wake-up call to men who may be reluctant to let loose the waterworks — or they can take inspiration from actor Brad Pitt, who finally cried after decades of holding it all in.
The manly actor told People that he is not a famous crier, but now, even news, friends, kids, a lot of things can make me emotional or even cry, I believe this is a good sign.
I also try to participate in different classes to get better understanding myself and how to control my emotion, I think they are very helpful.