Even though toxic masculinity is real, the phrase has lost some of its original meaning in recent years, and it has been overused and misunderstood by angry people on the internet without any thoughtful discussion.
Luke Humphris is an Australian artist that describes himself as the creator of autobiographical comics about his “rubbish life”, and he has personally experienced what toxic masculinity can do to a person. He went on to create this moving and eye-opening comic about it.
His home country Australia has a hyper-masculine culture, especially in rural areas, and it can easily discourage men from speaking honestly with other people about their emotional needs and issues and from opening up. Even though the author now lives in Canada, he thinks that many young Aussies still experience what he did. He has grown older now, and some of the social restraints he felt when he was younger are gone, but he still thinks that there are still some negative expectations from peers and friends, so he has to be mindful about that.
Even though many people disagree with his comic and think that it’s s*xist to call masculinity toxic, most of them are sharing it and are referencing it as a learning tool.
The comic presents toxic masculinity as the extremes in the debate often portray it, and not as “women trying to ‘feminize’ men out of existance”, nor as “masculine traits being genetically harmful”. Check it out below, and tell us what you think about this topic in the comment section!