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Online Learning of A Doll’s House, Day 12

Goals for the Week:

  1. Write a response to a prompt analyzing A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen.
  2. Continue to collaborate with teachers and classmates.
  3. Finalize all work on A Doll’s House and our Feminism unit and prepare for our next learning experience!

Today’s Checklist:

  1. Check out this advice from Princeton University on wholesome masculinity
  2. Read this article from Christian Lopez on Medium about What Non-Toxic Masculinity Looks Like
  3. Consider our own opinions on what makes something wholesome-masculine versus toxic-masculine.

Today’s Lesson!

Standard:

  • ELAGSE9-10RI3 Analyze how the author unfolds an analysis or series of ideas or events, including the order in which the points are made, how they are introduced and developed, and the connections that are drawn between them.

Learning Target: 

I can analyze how an author explains toxic masculinity by reading articles and memes, so that I can express my own feelings on what makes masculinity toxic vs. wholesome.

Activator: 

Check out this super wholesome comic of an imagined interaction between Mr. Rogers and Thor. Click the panel below to read the whole thing 🙂

Mr Rogers and Thor

Work Session: 

Your assignment for this week!

This week is your largest assignment to date! Each day we will explore a different topic related to feminism and A Doll’s House. I have made a Google Doc with 5 prompts, one for each day this week. CHOOSE ONE PROMPT and write a paragraph in response to it.

Type your response in this document!

Remember, you only need to respond to ONE prompt this week!

Today’s Topic: Toxic Masculinity

This article discusses how the toxic stereotypes are perpetuated, even in 2020. This quote sums it up:

How do men learn the rules? Starting from childhood, boys and men are often called out for behavior that doesn’t match society’s definition of manhood. It might take the form of name calling (“sissy,” “punk,” “wuss”), being told that they’re gay or “throw like a girl,” or aggression against them such as hitting, bullying, or even sexual assault.

This forces men to make a choice. Either:

  1. Go along with stereotypical male roles, even if they personally don’t agree with them; or
  2. Push back against the rules and feel like they’re “going against the grain.”

Have you ever witnessed this happening? A boy cries and is told he’s not “manly” enough, or a boy decides he’d rather paint than play football, and he’s shunned because of it?

Lopez discusses masculinity from an emotional standpoint, explaining that the shaming of men for expressing particular emotions (sadness, loneliness, etc) is what really creates toxic masculinity. He says that men should be allowed to express whatever emotion they feel, but that in our culture, very often the only “acceptable” emotion for men is anger. Do you agree or disagree with this?

  • Consider our own opinions on what makes something wholesome-masculine versus toxic-masculine.

Closing Session: 

We’re going back to the memes for our closer today! Check out this one:

Wholesome Masculinity

Take a minute to consider these nontoxic, yet very masculine qualities, like being honorable, dependable, or honest. Then, because we all need de-stress a little, go watch Bob Ross paint something on YouTube 🙂

Looking Ahead: Tomorrow’s Checklist

If you want to get ahead on things, here is what we’re going to be doing tomorrow!

  1. Check out this flowchart that determines if it’s mansplaining or not
  2. Look over this 2008 essay by Rebecca Solnit, “Men Explain Things To Me”
  3. Read through this gif-heavy list of 6 Subtle Forms of Mansplaining from Bustle

Online Learning of A Doll’s House, Day 9

Don’t forget! Zoom meeting TOMORROW at 10am! I will send the link in Remind at 9:45!

Goals for the Week:

  1. Finish reading and analysis of A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen.
  2. Understand why A Doll’s House is considered feminist, and how it remains relevant today.
  3. Collaborate with your teacher or classmates to discuss the play.

Today’s Checklist:

  1. Read and consider this article on Toxic Masculinity from The New York Times
  2. Read and consider this comic on the concept of “Mental Load” (If that link isn’t working, read this article on Mental Load instead)
  3. Read and consider this depressing study on how women are expected to handle all the household work

Today’s Lesson!

Standard:

  • ELAGSE9-10RI2 Determine a central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text.

Learning Target: 

I can analyze how an author develops a central idea by reading three articles so that I can consider my own opinions on feminism and toxic masculinity.

Activator: 

So, we’ve talked a lot about feminism over the last week, but today I’m bringing in a new term that you might be unfamiliar with: Toxic Masculinity. Check out this video that explains what it means!

Work Session: 

Today we’re going to be reading some articles on feminism in the modern day! I would like for you to read, consider, and discuss these articles with your family. Ready? Here we go!

Article 1: Read and consider this article on Toxic Masculinity from The New York Times

  • Questions to consider: 
    • Did you know what toxic masculinity was before reading this article?
    • Have you, or a boy you know of, ever been told “boys don’t cry” or “man up”? What message do you think that sends to little kids?
    • What’s the difference in “toxic masculinity” and someone just being traditionally masculine

Article 2: Read and consider this comic on the concept of “Mental Load” (If that link isn’t working, read this article on Mental Load instead)

  • Questions to consider: 
    • Have you ever noticed this disproportionate work balance at home? If you stay with your mom and your dad, which parent would you ask if you needed to know information like when something is scheduled or if there’s snacks in the cabinet?
    • Have you ever felt this work balance on yourself? Are you (or your sisters, or girls you know) expected to know how to get dinner on the table, while boys are just expected to be ready to eat on time?
    • If you haven’t noticed this, why do you think that is? If you have noticed this, do you think it’s OK?

Article 3: Read and consider this depressing study on how women are expected to handle all the household work

  • Questions to consider:
    • How are chores divided in your house? It’s okay if your mom usually handles laundry and your dad usually handles yardwork, but why do you think that is the “norm”?
    • This article talks a little about same-sex couples. How do you think that changes the household work balance?
    • What do you think about roommates? Many of you will go off to college in a couple years and live with roommates for the first time. How do you expect the chores to be divided up? If your parents or older family members have ever had roommates, how did they divide the chores?

After reading and thinking about these questions, I want you to take the discussion to your family or whomever you’re quarantined with. Ask them the questions, show off the articles, and listen to what they have to say! You might find some differing opinions from your own, and that’s okay!

Closing Session: 

Remember, tomorrow we have our Zoom meeting at 10am – I hope you can attend! We’re going to be talking about how feminism in 2020 relates to A Doll’s House. Consider how the play is still relevant today and lessons of feminism we can learn from it. Have some thoughts ready for tomorrow’s Zoom meeting at 10am!!

I’ll send the link to the meeting out tomorrow at 9:45. Remember to get the Zoom client downloaded and ready!

Looking Ahead: Tomorrow’s Checklist

If you want to get ahead on things, here is what we’re going to be doing tomorrow!

  1. Attend the virtual class meeting on Zoom if you are able.
  2. Find a way to collaborate with your teacher or classmates – comment on the blog, on YouTube, etc.
  3. Send your “I Need Feminism Because” photo to your teacher, and check your feedback from last week’s assignment 🙂