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• The American Psychological Association (APA) has released a new report that discusses how 'masculinity identity' is linked to homophobia and misogyny, amongst other things.
• How can donors fund gender equality and drive support for psychological research on masculinity?
According to NBC News, for the first time in its 127 years of existence, the American Psychological Association has issued guidelines to address the issues that specifically plague men and boys in American society. The 36-page document opens up with a warning that “Traditional masculinity ideology has been shown to limit males’ psychological development, constrain their behavior, result in gender role strain and gender role conflict and negatively influence mental health and physical health.”
Titled “Guidelines for the Psychological Practice with Boys and Men“, it provides a definition of masculinity ideology as “a particular constellation of standards that have held sway over large segments of the population, including: anti-femininity, achievement, eschewal of the appearance of weakness, and adventure, risk, and violence.”
The new guidelines are highlighted in the APA’s magazine, Monitor on Psychology, wherein they link the defined ideology to a host of issues affecting and perpetuated by men, including homophobia, misogyny, homicide, intimate partner violence, and increased suicide rates.
Read the full article about the new report on masculinity identity by Daniel Johnson at The Black Youth Project