The Men’s Project detoxifying traditional masculine stereotypes in Australian men and boys

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Recent survey findings conducted by The Men’s Project at Jesuit Social Services has predicted that men and boys who support outdated masculine stereotypes on manhood perpetrated greater negative outcomes compared to other factors including education, occupation and ethnicity.

The Unpacking the Man Box report which surveyed 1,000 young Australian men between the ages of 18 to 30 found that beliefs in rigid gender roles, toughness, physical attractiveness, self sufficiency, hypersexuality and aggression and control powerfully influenced endorsement of unhealthy and toxic attitudes and behaviours.

Other varying aspects attributed to negative outcomes of violent interactions against women, children and other men also predicted harmful elements of traditional masculine norms through conformity of toxic male masculinity including violent behaviour, sexual harassment, online bullying, excessive consumption of alcohol and refusing to seek help when exhibiting suicidal thoughts.

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