I recently read an article that stated traditional masculinity is harmful. Traditional masculinity was described as competitiveness, dominance and aggression. Do we need to actively strip our boys of these traits because it’s harmful?
Men play a vital role in building our society and we see what happens when a man’s presence is not in the home or in our schools. Some young men are feeling lost and confused, the world is telling them being a man is like having a mental illness. Men and women are scientifically different and thats ok.
As I said in a previous blog called Stereotyping Stereotyping-Is a good thing maybe not!, having set views on a whole group of people is dangerous and can lead to very bad consequences. Let’s stop putting all men in the same category. Not all men are dogs, right? Let’s appreciate men’s qualities and recognize men’s uniqueness..
Here are some interesting facts about men:
- The male brain is typically about ten percent larger than the female brain. (This doesn’t mean men are smarter than women)
- 25% of boy babies are likely to die at infancy.
- Circulatory system diseases is the number cause of death.
- Men have pronounced Adam’s apples. That’s because they have larger voice boxes that make the surrounding cartilage stick out more.
- Teenage boys are four times more likely than girls to drop out of school
- Men typically have thicker skin—by about 25 percent.
- men are four times more likely than women to be murdered and 10 times more likely to commit murder.
- Men normally have more red blood cells.
- Women typically have lower blood pressure than men—regardless of race or ethnicity.
- Men are more likely to be night owls. But women function better during periods of sleep deprivation.
- Men, meanwhile, tend to have their verbal ability concentrated in only the left hemisphere.
- When focused on a task, men tend to use only one side of their brain at a time.
- The first Father’s Day celebration in the U.S. was held on June 19, 1910
- Men and women literally see things in different ways. Men have thicker retinas and larger M cells than women.
- men are more than twice as likely to commit suicide than women.
- When stressed men release the hormone oxytocin, mixed with testosterone makes men more aggressive.
- Men can have trouble picking up on emotional cues unless they’re clearly verbalized.
- Men often score higher on math tests than women.
- Ability to see an object in three dimensions.
- The brain area that controls math and geometry skills also mature 4 years earlier in men.
- Men tend to store fat in the upper body.
- Men’s brains block out unwanted noise and repeated sounds. When a person repeats themselves several times the male brain assumes its just unwanted stimuli.
- They get a positive chemical boost from conflict and competition.
- More boys suffer from dyslexia and autism.
- Men’s testosterone pushes and drives them towards sex.
- Young men can get erected real fast.
- Sex is like hunger for most men, he is captivated by opportunity.
Check out some great articles on men in Psychology Today. Leave a comment and let me know what you think.