Masculinity is a set of behaviors, presentations and roles which are culturally associated with being a man and/or possessing male sex characteristics.[1] People of any gender identity or sexual orientation can be masculine, as masculinity is not designated by biological sex or gender. It is labeled as possessing many traits, including "strength, drive, and leadership", which many individuals are capable of feeling.[2][3]

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Masculinity is shaped by socio-cultural settings and is not reliant on biology - it is plural and dynamic; it changes with culture and individuals. Defining traits belonging to masculinity are subject to change based on an individual's culture, class, religion, national culture, and other societal influences. Moreover, many individuals regardless of gender identity or gender expression partake in forms of masculinity consciously or unconsciously. Many of the typical "masculine behaviors" are learned via media, educational materials, and societal implications.[4]

Toxic masculinity

Masculinity is stereotyped to have men associated with being strong, brave, etc. Another characteristic of it is men having to be cisgender heterosexual. This goes against the LGBTQIA+ community with negativity and toxicity, since anyone who is queer is seen as weak, "feminine", and said to not live up to the standards of masculinity.[source?]


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  1. "Masculine definition".
  2. Constance L. Shehan. Gale Researcher Guide for: The Continuing Significance of Gender. Gale, Cengage Learning, 2018, 2018-08-30. ISBN 1535861177, 9781535861175.
  3. Judith Worell. Encyclopedia of Women and Gender, Two-Volume Set: Sex Similarities and Differences and the Impact of Society on Gender. Academic Press, 2001. ISBN 0122272455, 9780122272455. (web archive)
  4. Stanford university: "Femininities & Masculinities".