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Challenging toxic masculinity in schools and society

Challenging toxic masculinity in schools and society PurposeThis paper aims to discuss the contours and consequences of simplified, toxic forms of masculinity in schools and society.Design/methodology/approachUsing a lens influenced by a feminist cultural critique, the author situates concerns about gender, power and inequality in current events in the American culture.FindingsThe author argues that toxic masculinity supports and is supported by gendered patterns of power that perpetuate broad inequalities and that schools have an important role to play in challenging these inequalities.Practical implicationsThe paper includes concrete steps that educators can take to interrupt and teach against toxic masculinity and to involve young men and boys in this work as allies.Social implicationsThe author argues that these steps have powerful social implications given schools’ influence as socializing institutions.Originality/valueIn this way, the paper’s value lies in highlighting how, by including discussions of masculinity and involving men and boys, schools can build on previous successes in fighting gender inequality that were aimed at girls and young women to effect a broad cultural transformation and help create a more just and equitable society. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png On the Horizon Emerald Publishing

Challenging toxic masculinity in schools and society

On the Horizon , Volume 26 (1): 6 – Mar 12, 2018

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © Emerald Group Publishing Limited
ISSN
1074-8121
DOI
10.1108/OTH-11-2017-0088
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Abstract

PurposeThis paper aims to discuss the contours and consequences of simplified, toxic forms of masculinity in schools and society.Design/methodology/approachUsing a lens influenced by a feminist cultural critique, the author situates concerns about gender, power and inequality in current events in the American culture.FindingsThe author argues that toxic masculinity supports and is supported by gendered patterns of power that perpetuate broad inequalities and that schools have an important role to play in challenging these inequalities.Practical implicationsThe paper includes concrete steps that educators can take to interrupt and teach against toxic masculinity and to involve young men and boys in this work as allies.Social implicationsThe author argues that these steps have powerful social implications given schools’ influence as socializing institutions.Originality/valueIn this way, the paper’s value lies in highlighting how, by including discussions of masculinity and involving men and boys, schools can build on previous successes in fighting gender inequality that were aimed at girls and young women to effect a broad cultural transformation and help create a more just and equitable society.

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On the HorizonEmerald Publishing

Published: Mar 12, 2018

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