Toxic masculinity and boys’ mental health
For many in Scotland, anger and aggression are still part of what it means to be ‘manly’, a stereotype that is driving mental ill health among young males, writes Ross Deuchar
I grew up around a family where the men, it was sort of the case that men didn’t feel. I’m starting to come out of the fear of affection...it used to be the case I’d freeze if somebody put their arms around me.”
These are the words of “Ryan”, just one of the young men I have had the privilege of working with as part of my research in recent years. The subtle messages he received about masculinity while growing up indicated that men should avoid showing their feelings, expressing emotion or displaying affection. This clearly had an impact on him, and his fear of affection and inability to open ...