Intro to Women's Studies 2010

etsu: 2011-2014

Oppression of Men

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I went ahead and assumed that most of my classmates would be speaking about oppression of women, so I decided to take a different route and look at men’s oppression. It is said often that women are oppressed by the male sex but while that may be true, the oppressor can be oppressed as well which we learned in our text book. When we think of aggressiveness or violence we think men, not women. I believe that men are given a very small margin of what is considered being a “MANLY MAN.” If a man goes outside of this small tiny box they are looked at as being “girly” or “wimpy.” I don’t believe there is a lot of give and take in that.  Another thought that we discussed a little in class was men in physical pain compared to women; women will be given much sympathy for something like a fall or maybe even being hit, but a man will be expected to brush it off or “rub some dirt on it” and move on as if nothing even happened to them.  It is almost as if men aren’t equipped with a feeling or pain and certainly zero possibility of having emotions like women.  No boy or man ever wants to be told “you’re being a girl” because that damages their manliness in a sense, but at the same time men are human just like women and they need to have a sense of comfort, attention, closeness, and care too.  Like I said earlier, there is this thought by most that women are constantly under this cloud of oppression but men are as well which is often forgotten, but they would be judged more harshly to express it. Others may disagree and argue that men do not understand the woman’s oppression, so is their a hierarchy of oppression? Or does that rule only apply to the different instances for women alone? I think some people find the male sex to be “Bully’s,” and while that may be true in some cases, remember that the bully of a school is usually battling their own issues as well.

 
 
 

 

 

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One thought on “Oppression of Men

  1. it is true that men are allowed very little leeway in expressing their gender & emotions, as well as breaking outside of the provider role & boxes societally constructed for them.

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