Talking about positive masculinity is an important way to promote healthier gender norms and create a more equitable and inclusive society.
Harmful masculinity is one of the drivers of violence.
A lot of people, especially young men do not like the proximity of the word ‘toxic’ next to the word masculinity with its negative connotations. Yet it has come to be a term of reference that is used to describe a plethora of ‘bad’ behaviour from men. It is also a very recognisable term. However, it’s not a good definition – we don’t want to promote non-toxic masculinity and such limited and limiting terms of reference, we want to talk about positive masculinity and what it means to flourish.