But for those of us seeking to understand our masculinity in ethical terms, as a force for good, there is only one model.
Lizzie Crocker reports on the ‘code of masculinity’ and why the gendering of violence may be the key to preventing massacres.
Inherent, but perhaps like many things in today's masculinity, misconstrued.
mid-14c., "belonging to the male grammatical gender;" late 14c., "of men, male," from Old French masculin "of the male sex" (12c.), from Latin masculinus "male, of masculine gender," from masculus "male, masculine; worthy of a man," diminutive of mas (genitive maris) "male person, male," of unknown origin. Meaning "having the appropriate qualities of the male sex, manly, virile, powerful" is first attested 1620s. As a noun from mid-15c.
masculinity mas·cu·lin·i·ty (mās'kyə-lĭn'ĭ-tē)
The quality or condition of being masculine.
Something traditionally considered to be characteristic of a male.
masculine mas·cu·line (mās'kyə-lĭn)
Of or relating to men or boys; male.
Suggestive or characteristic of a man.