My media niche is something that’s not talked about often because it is for the most part an ignored community or one that is considered “privileged enough not to care about”. But I am confident there are countless men on the internet who think about their masculinity and how they can become a better man.
There are certain prejudices against men in different fields. Men are often looked at as violent, dangerous sexual predators. Society often times seem to neglect the importance of a father figure in the family. Even when multiple research has been done about this:
- The way a father treats his child will influence what he or she looks for in other people. Friends and lovers will be chosen based on how the child perceived the meaning of the relationship their father. The patterns a father sets in the relationships with his children will dictate how his children behave towards other people.
- Women will look for men with positive qualities their fathers displayed when dating. A daughter learns from her father what a good relationship with a man is like.
- Boys on the other hand, mimic their father’s behaviors. If a father figure is absent in a boy’s life, he will learn from other strong male figures.
- Fathers set strong values their children will keep for the rest of their lives growing up. They play an important role in building a character of a person, play fighting with fathers also help children learn to set boundaries and control their emotions better.
Men face a lot of injustices when it comes to violence against them: stigma towards male caregivers, incarceration, homelessness, mental health. But often these issues are put aside or simply glanced over.
Today’s society downplay traditional masculine values as can be seen from the American Psychology Association’s guidelines for therapists dealing with boys and men.
My research was aided by online journals, videos and news articles which there are a lot of on the Internet. I realized that the content I view mainly shape my way of thinking. I think we should not push down masculinity for the sake of empowering women as both genders are important to society. We can learn from each other and support one another.
People may not be open to hear something that goes against what they believe in and think my media niche is “toxic” and ignore it completely like what we are experiencing online right now with our PC culture. However, I think we should hear from all sides and discuss about our opinions so that we can understand each other.
Motherly. (2020). Relax, mama: Dad’s roughhousing with your kids is good for them—really. [online] Available at: https://www.mother.ly/child/the-science-benefits-of-roughhousing-with-your-kids-that-will-make-you-less-anxious [Accessed 25 Sep. 2020].
Pediatric Associates of Franklin. (2018). The Importance of a Father in a Child’s Life | Pediatric Associates of Franklin. [online] Available at: https://www.pediatricsoffranklin.com/resources-and-education/pediatric-care/the-importance-of-a-father-in-a-childs-life/.