Originally Posted by Spartan
This imposes the attribute of being 'confident' as a criterion for masculinity. However, there are millions of men that suffer from anxiety problems, and anxiety problems are real medical problems, not some self-induced habit of negativity. There are possible physiological/genetical causes.
Thus to indicate that these men aren't masculine becuase they don't conform to the stereotype is sexist. Yet Steve goe's one further and implies that these men aren't even men - just because they struggle to suppress anxious emotions. That is tantamount to saying mentally disabled people aren't real humans because of their inability to think rationally.
Got it. You hear people use words like "positive masculinity" and suddenly get flashbacks to nazi concentration camps.
Try to lighten up man.