After examining the social construction of what it means to be feminine, we are now taking a look at the social construction of masculinity.
Question 1 : What are three words that describe what it means to be a man?
Question 2: What are three words that describe someone who is not a real man?
Question 3: Examine these statistics, then answer the following question.
Males in School
In school, boys are 30% more likely to flunk, 250% more likely to be suspended and 300% more likely to be diagnosed with learning and emotional disabilities.
Males are less likely than females to go to college o earn a bachelor's degree (women earned 57% of B.A.'s in 2012), a master's degree or a PhD.
Young men are much more likely to die from accidental death than women: Males 20-24 are 3 times more likely to to die as a result of accidents, 4 times more likely to die from suicide and 6 times more likely to be murdered than women. (Ferris and Stein pg 256)
Question: Why do you think this is true in school and in health?
Males and violence
40% of teenage girls 14-17yrs say they know someone their age who has been hit or beaten by a boyfriend.These stats come from the Zacariah Foundation which is a local organization that will confidentially help individuals deal with sexual and domestic abuse.
1 of 5 college females will experience some form of dating violence from their male partner.
1 in 3 High School students have been or will be in an abusive relationship.
How are males at risk because of their socialization into masculinity?