Your Socialization Isn’t Who You Are

Learned attitudes or behaviors have nothing to do with inherent maleness or anything, really, other than culture

Elle Beau ❇︎
Inside of Elle Beau

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As a social scientist, it’s extremely frustrating to me to see how little most Americans understand the role that our culture plays in how we think and behave. A lot of people, men in particular, seem to be under the impression that they are just being true to who they naturally are, some kind of stand-alone island of individuality when that almost certainly isn’t remotely true at all. Either that, or they think they are just behaving in ways that are “natural” for men.

In other words, what we’re seeing isn’t “maleness” it’s masculine norms within this culture at this time in history.

However, we are all deeply influenced by culture, and our gender indoctrination, in particular. It’s so ubiquitous that to many, it’s completely invisible. They also don’t seem to realize that in some other cultures, norms for men are significantly different, and this is true for different times in history as well. In other words, what we’re seeing isn’t “maleness” it’s masculine norms within this culture at this time in history.

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Elle Beau ❇︎
Inside of Elle Beau

Social scientist dispelling cultural myths with research-driven stories. "Thinking is difficult, that’s why most people judge." ~ Carl Jung