Looking for proof of the effects of the gendered norms we’ve discussed about masculinity? How about evidence showing that even when it means more money, freedom, and time with family, many men feel guilt and depression when they earn less than female partners?
A common characteristic many men experience with masculine socialization is the idea that their value comes from their professional successes and ability to provide financially. This article is a great example that men’s choices are restricted in significant ways by norms that focus worthiness in such a narrow way. These norms have effects on the men’s physical and emotional health, along with their relationships.