American Psychological Association declares war on masculinity

For the first time, the American Psychological Association (APA) issued “guidelines” for psychologists in their treatment of men and boys — that traditional masculinity, defined as “stoicism, competitiveness, dominance and aggression,” is psychologically harmful.

Sweden’s Byggnads Construction Workers Union renounces toxic masculinity!

For decades, psychology focused on men (particularly white men), to the exclusion of all others. And men still dominate professionally and politically: As of 2018, 95.2 percent of chief operating officers at Fortune 500 companies were men. According to a 2017 analysis by Fortune, in 16 of the top companies, 80 percent of all high-ranking executives were male. Meanwhile, the 115th Congress, which began in 2017, was 81 percent male.

Next comes a litany of statistics pointing to the toxicity of being male:

  • Men commit 90% of homicides and represent 77% of homicide victims in the United States.
  • Men are 3.5 times more likely than women to die by suicide.
  • Men’s life expectancy is 4.9 years shorter than women’s.
  • Boys are far more likely to be diagnosed with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder than girls.
  • Boys face harsher punishments in school—especially boys of color.

To compensate for pschology’s “androcentric past,” APA’s new Guidelines for Psychological Practice With Boys and Men, 13 years in making, draws on more than 40 years of research showing that traditional masculinity is psychologically harmful and that socializing boys to suppress their emotions causes both inward and outward damage. As Ronald F. Levant, EdD, a former APA president, professor emeritus of psychology at the University of Akron, and co-editor of the APA’s The Psychology of Men and Masculinities, puts it: “Though men benefit from patriarchy, they are also impinged upon by patriarchy.”

The new APA guidelines enumerate how “traditional masculinity” is “on the whole” harmful because men socialized this way are less likely to engage in healthy behaviors:

  1. A 2011 study led by Kristen Springer, PhD, of Rutgers University, found that men with the strongest beliefs about masculinity were only half as likely as men with more moderate masculine beliefs to get preventive health care (Journal of Health and Social Behavior, Vol. 52, No. 2).
  2. In 2007, researchers led by James Mahalik, PhD, of Boston College, found that the more men conformed to masculine norms, the more likely they were to consider as normal risky health behaviors such as heavy drinking, using tobacco and avoiding vegetables, and to engage in these risky behaviors themselves (Social Science and Medicine, Vol. 64, No. 11).
  3. Research led by Omar Yousaf, PhD, found that men who bought into traditional notions of masculinity were more negative about seeking mental health services than those with more flexible gender attitudes (Psychology of Men & Masculinity, Vol. 16, No. 2, 2015).
  4. Men are often reluctant to admit vulnerability, says Fredric Rabinowitz, PhD, a psychologist at the University of Redlands in California who has stewarded the new guidelines since 2005, when he was president of APA Div. 51 (Society for the Psychological Study of Men and Masculinities). Rabinowitz says: “Because of the way many men have been brought up—to be self-sufficient and able to take care of themselves—any sense that things aren’t OK needs to be kept secret. Part of what happens is men who keep things to themselves look outward and see that no one else is sharing any of the conflicts that they feel inside. That makes them feel isolated. They think they’re alone. They think they’re weak. They think they’re not OK. They don’t realize that other men are also harboring private thoughts and private emotions and private conflicts.”
  5. Though men report less depression than women, they complete suicide at far higher rates than women, and their suicides are increasing. The suicide rate for non-Hispanic American Indian and Alaska Native men jumped 38% between 1999 and 2014, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; for white men, suicide rates increased 28% in that time span (National Center for Health Statistics, 2016). Suicide rates for women have been on the rise as well, but because men complete suicide more often than women, men’s suicide death rates remain the highest.
  6. Military men are more vulnerable to depression when they retire: “When retirement comes, a lot of guys get thrown into an abyss,” Rabinowitz says, particularly for veterans who identified as workers and achievers (Health Services Research, Vol. 43. No. 2, 2008).
  7. The problems of non-white males are compounded by racism, homophobia and transphobia:
    • Men and boys of color may be viewed with suspicion by schools, law enforcement and others, leading to harsher punishments compared with white men and boys, says Christopher Liang, PhD, a psychologist at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania who helped draft the guidelines.
    • As of 2014, black men made up 37% of the male state and federal prison population and were more than 10 times as likely to be incarcerated in state or federal prison as white men. Hispanic men were also overrepresented, making up 22% of the prison population despite making up only about 8% of the general U.S. population (U.S. Department of Justice, 2015).
    • Boys and men who identify as gay, bisexual or transgender still face higher-than-­average levels of hostility and pressure to conform to masculine norms. The 2015 National School Climate Survey found that 85% of LGBTQ students reported verbal harassment at school over their sexual orientation or gender expression (GLSEN, 2015). Gender-­nonconforming students reported worse treatment than did LGBTQ kids who conformed with traditional gender norms.
    • A 2016 study of a community sample of transgender children led by Kristina Olson, PhD, of the University of Washington in Seattle, found that those with supportive families were no more likely than nontransgender children to have depression, and were only slightly more likely to experience anxiety (Pediatrics, Vol. 137, No. 3, 2016).

The APA Guidelines urge psychologists to encourage men to “break free of masculinity rules”; “discard the harmful ideologies of traditional masculinity (violence, sexism)”; “find flexibility in the potentially positive aspects (courage, leadership)”; and to be “adaptable, emotional and capable of engaging fully outside of rigid norms”.

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txfella
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txfella

This is an artillery barrage in the psychological war being waged by the left. There won’t be any meaningful response. Which is why they’re winning.

Goldbug
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Goldbug

These APA psychos are conjuring up some new “mental illness” diagnoses, leading to new psychoactive drugs, and more screwed-up people. This is part of the push for global depopulation .. turn our men into wussy, pussy-hat, soy boys–voila! No more babies. Pathetic.

silhouette
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silhouette

In other words; hey guys, be more sissy like and let the government guide you in everything else.

Kevin Lankford
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Kevin Lankford

Only thing slows a “Real Man” down is old age,…And it is a drag.

John
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John

By what scale are the members of the APA judged as sane? They imply that all men should see things their way. I don’t care what their studies say, because they create them to produce the results they want. According to my judgment, they’re a bunch of lunatics!

frank pastorkovich
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frank pastorkovich

Hey APA. Got 2 words for you: JAM IT !!!

Lophatt
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Lophatt

So the goal is to become neurotic, hypochondriac, overly emotional black women? Why does anyone listen to people like these? What “problem” are we “solving”?

Of course we all know that what we are doing is sowing chaos in pursuit of destruction. The Odor is strong with this one.

nika
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nika

To be fair, these statistics cited are likely true – it is mostly men who are responsible for most of the violence we hear of. Women are not usually serial killers, rapists, or responsible for wars. Depression and higher rates of suicide are no reason for attack on men, though. I cannot personally justify violence or immorality which happens to be more common amongst the male gender, but studies have been done that show that black males have higher levels of testosterone, and in black communities, violent crime is more commonplace possibly due to these hormonal differences when compared to… Read more »

Goldbug
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Goldbug

Vile, nasty, vagina-obsessed feminazis are likely responsible for driving men to violence! Just looking at them and listening to their crap would drive a normal person insane.

Dan
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Dan

This is nothing new and has been a prime objective of TV and movies for at least fifty years now. The purpose of all this always has been and remains to pathologize America’s Euro-Christian men and make effeminate Jewish male characteristics the new normal. And to think, these miserable bastards owe almost every last benefit of modernity in their lives to white European men. This is all documented in extensive detail by Kevin MacDonald and Michael Jones, among others.

Carl R Hassell
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Carl R Hassell

This makes me sick. smash cultural Marxism in all its forms.

YouKnowWho
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YouKnowWho

What a bunch of charlatans. Their vocation has no basis in science for the most part. It is opinion, conjecture, and experimentation. For them to declare that homosexuality is not a mental disorder was in itself a mental disorder.

Nabi
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Nabi

They overlooked their gender fluidity doctrine and that it’s the men who use tampons that account for the high number of suicides.

Lophatt
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Lophatt

Well there you go. Roughly 50 percent of all traffic accidents are caused by women. So, if we make it illegal for women to drive we can reduce accidents by 50 percent. What’s not to like?

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Oh, APA and company don’t need any of this any more:
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Steven Broiles
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Yes, this is the same APA that, in 1973, declared that homosexuality was no longer to be considered a mental disorder, if I recall correctly? As I’ve said before, there has been a war on manhood for as long as I’ve been alive—actually longer than my 63 years. And we could go on about the psychological warfare, and who caused it, who aided and abetted it, etc., etc., etc. One thing’s for sure: The fertility rates have been falling all over North America and Europe, men’s sperm counts are down, and everything once considered bedrock to life and civilization our… Read more »

Eugene
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Eugene

Some or all the men in the photo of the Byggnods construction workers union look like Jews to me.
But I must be wrong because Jews don’t get into physical work unless they have to, do they?
Also, seeing that the men in the photo have beards, what is the meaning of rod Parsley, and other ministers , Glenn Beck , Alex Jones growing beards ?
Beards in the old days on a Jew was a sign of radicialism , revolt and difference.

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