We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
They claim that patriarchy and toxic masculinity cause men to cut off their emotions, but the moment that men sincerely try to express any emotional pain, they are derided as tiny-dicked man-babies whose “male tears” are cause for endless sadistic joy.
Anybody with the Y chromosome can be male, but it's not easy to be a man. It is, in fact, a lofty goal depending on your definition. Like most guys, I measure myself against my father and my peers in terms of success, strength, integrity, religious progress, friendships, knowledge, good cheer, self-restraint, seeking responsibility and independence, courage, etc. Not saying these are distinctly male aspirations, just that it's hard to be an adult person and it is not easy to become a man.
As soon as I hear somebody other than a family member or close friend say what expectations are on me 'as a man,' my internal monologue says in a loud stentorian tone, "F*** OFF!"
After that I can't hear anything that the presumptive arbiter of masculinity is saying. Can't say I miss it, either. It's my business to figure it out, and it's between me, my God, and my family and friends. I really don't care what Jezebel or Time or Disney thinks. Not my concern. Trying to teach this to my son.
"Toxic Masculinity" is a sexist and racist term that privileges the views of elite white females over other groups.
Check your privilege, ladies.
Assistant Village Idiot
"Toxic Masculinity": That's where strong brave people keep our country and our citizens safe. Those Toxic fire fighters who went up the steps on 9/11. The police who are there when you call 911. The soldiers, sailers and airmen who are actively working long hours to keep us safe. The Coast Guard who save lives "When the waves turn the minutes to hours". Yeah! That Toxic Masculinity.
I think it's interesting to explore what makes being an admirable adult man different from being an admirable adult woman. I'm thinking, though, that "success, strength, integrity, religious progress, friendships, knowledge, good cheer, self-restraint, seeking responsibility and independence, courage, etc." doesn't address what's special about men. There's a kind of chivalry born of being (typically) stronger, for instance, and perhaps a much readier aggression when physical aggression is exactly what's called for.
There is no such thing as toxic masculinity. The term is used only by SJWs and amounts to demonizing all normal men. To hell with the SJWs.
Conservative religion only plays into their hands by demonizing the normal male attitude toward sex. Common sense is that we should be left free to pursue our rational goal, which is different from women's rational goal but equally valid.