Hyper-Masculinity: Shifting The Narrative
After the viral video that showed Ozzie Albies and Ronald Acuna Jr. of the Atlanta Braves, sharing an intimate moment of affection, social media flipped with wavering opinions. While some people appreciated the display of tenderness from the two major league baseball players, others weren’t as open to the idea of two men, especially in sports, displaying this type of affection. According to reports, Albies comforted Acuna, whose mother passed away during the Game. Still, that wasn’t enough to get naysayers from poking “fun” at the two best friends’ consoling moment.
If you haven’t seen the video, take a look here.
Black social media couldn’t stop with their homophobic rave; frowning upon what was a naturally empathetic experience. Hypermasculinity, the term for the exaggeration of male stereotypical behavior, became a topic of discussion when it exposed the true feelings of how people expect men to show feelings, and affection, or not, especially toward their male counterparts.
This idea of hypermasculinity paints this picture of our men to be these physically strong, aggressive and overly sexual beings and anything opposite of that, is wrong or abnormal. Hypermasculinity says that men shouldn’t cry, or be humanly sensitive even when life happens. It says men shouldn’t embrace other men in emotionally physically ways, or show compassion; empathy. It says that men must learn to hide their true feelings for the sake of appearing “manly” or masculine.
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