American Psychological Association links ‘masculinity ideology’ to homophobia, misogyny

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American Psychological Association links ‘masculinity ideology’ to homophobia, misogyny – NBC

For the first time in its 127-year history, the APA has issued guidelines to help psychologists specifically address the issues of men and boys.

 

For the first time in its 127-year history, the American Psychological Association has issued guidelines to help psychologists specifically address the issues of men and boys — and the 36-page document features a warning.

 

“Traditional masculinity ideology has been shown to limit males’ psychological development, constrain their behavior, result in gender role strain and gender role conflict and negatively influence mental health and physical health,” the report warns.

The new “Guidelines for the Psychological Practice with Boys and Men” defines “masculinity ideology” as “a particular constellation of standards that have held sway over large segments of the population, including: anti-femininity, achievement, eschewal of the appearance of weakness, and adventure, risk, and violence.” The report also links this ideology to homophobia, bullying and sexual harassment.

 

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