2 thoughts on “The Answer to Misogyny Is Coming Soon … To a Psychology Office Near You

  • May 10, 2019 at 7:31 pm

    Clearly, traditional masculinity incorporates positive potential traits. Yes, biology as well as culture and individual traits should be considered part of this vision, without however defending against a critical examination of the cultural and social expressions and adaptations of these.

    As a clinician, and as a human being, I believe it is partly fallacious thinking to then justify that some traditionally-adhering men who do not display outright misogynistic or aggressive behaviors could not in any case benefit from an expanded therapeutic approach to that socialization mixed with biology in order to increase their functional coping skills as well as relational ones. When one examines the statistics for emotional (as well as domestic) care taking disproportionately falling to women, it bears considering how the APA guidelines inherently can account for shifting toward a more comprehensive view of the health of an increased range of permission of human vulnerability , vulnerable emotional expression, and the fostering/valuing of empathy for all men’s development. Brushing this aside with biological arguments or non-pathology ignores the sub-pathological, but nonetheless sub-par and non-thriving behaviors and realities of the traditional gender norms which often carry costs to men and those who they love and love them.

    The APA guidelines in no way smack of pathologizing masculinity as a whole, but rather, for the first time in the history of humanity, its positing as normative and as such, its tendency toward exaggeration of positive qualities into rigid, dysfunctional outcomes and its consistent reliance on pathologizing the “other”- and that in itself limits growth, functionality, and thriving both personally and culturally.


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