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!


  • 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.


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

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