Educating Adolescent Boys on Toxic Masculinity in Bamenda

Toxic masculinity refers to harmful and restrictive expectations of what it means to be a man, which can negatively impact men and boys in various ways. This can lead to the suppression of emotions and the belief that expressing vulnerability or seeking help is a sign of weakness. It can be detrimental to men’s mental health, as they may struggle to process and communicate their feelings effectively. Toxic masculinity can contribute to unhealthy relationship dynamics.

The pressures and expectations associated with toxic masculinity can have a detrimental effect on men’s mental health. Men may be less likely to seek help for mental health issues due to stigma and the fear of being perceived as weak. This can result in higher rates of untreated mental health conditions and an increased risk of self-harm or suicide. It is important to address toxic masculinity and promote healthier forms of masculinity that allow men and boys to express themselves authentically, embrace a wider range of emotions and foster positive and respectful relationships.

Creating spaces that encourage open dialogue, challenge harmful stereotypes and promote gender equality can help mitigate the negative impacts of toxic masculinity and foster healthier outcomes for men and boys.