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Sophie Strand defines 'toxic masculinity' as a cultural construct that perpetuates damaging norms and expectations around male behavior. She suggests that it confines men to a rigid code of aggression, emotional suppression, and dominance, ultimately harming both men and society. In Strand's view, this oppressive framework stifles the full spectrum of human experience by equating masculinity with power and stoicism, thereby inhibiting authenticity and emotional intelligence. It upholds patriarchal structures by discouraging vulnerability and empathy, qualities essential for healthy relationships and community wellbeing. For Strand, dismantling toxic masculinity is crucial for fostering a more compassionate and inclusive world where diverse expressions of gender are not only accepted but celebrated.

See also: sacred masculine, mythic masculine, men's work, iron john, eco-feminist

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