As this shows, these are the characteristics men are taught to have as they grow up: protectors, decision makers, persons of power and control who do not cry openly or express emotion and notably, do not act like women. In the TED talk below, Tony Porter gives an explanation of why we have this "man box" and why it's an issue.
Friday, November 28, 2014
The Man Box
As you may recall, on Monday we discussed feminist contributions to ethical theory. We made lists of characteristics that we would use to define a typical man and woman. Through our discussion it was pointed out how men and women are raised a certain way to such an extent that their are specific stereotypes of each that immediately come to mind such as men are supposed to make more money than women or men should be strong and protect women and so on. As for women, they should be seen as inferior to men and should be payed less and the like. During this discussion I was wondering whether or not it could be said that their is a distinction between a man and a gentleman. I thought it over and realized that while a gentleman may not exhibit all the characteristics of a "regular" man would, they are still men and they to an extent have the same characteristics of men. Which means they are trapped inside the man box.