Is Masculinity Imposed on Young Men?

Is Masculinity Imposed on Young Men?

University of Texas at Austin has launched an ongoing mental health campaign that is centered around teaching young men that “masculinity” is imposed upon them in society today. Society has unjustly rejected dresses, makeup, and manicures for men.

Posters have been released by UT at Austin’s Counseling and Mental Health Center that challenge traditional understandings of masculinity. The Washington Times reports that some of the posters say: “I don’t identify as masculine, it’s just imposed on my body. One way I embrace my femininity is by wearing make-up and doing my nails.”

Another poster says, “Even though I’m masculine, I can wear makeup, and if I feel like wearing a dress, I can do that too and it’s totally fine.” Other posters also call to end violence and address LGBT issues.

Is masculinity a mental health concern? 62% of you voted that yes, they’re tied together, while 38% of you voted that no, they are unrelated. Read the full story on the Washington Times here.


Here’s how people on the Zip app are weighing in on this all over the country!

Is masculinity a mental health concern? University of Texas at Austin’s Counseling and Mental Health Center rolled out a campaign addressing pressures on men in our society to be masculine.

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