Toxic masculinity–the way of being a man that requires aggression, sexual domination, earning big money, being athletic, and most definitely, being heterosexual–not only feeds rape culture, but is co-dependent upon it. In fact, rape culture and toxic masculinity feed each other while destroying everything they touch. The video below from MTV News provides a quick and easily digestible overview of this dynamic, and a great primer on toxic masculinity. In recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, it is as good a time as ever to review and remind ourselves the ways toxic masculinity lies at the roots of sexual violence.
– Brett Goldberg