A shocking new study shows that sexism is having a huge impact on men, and nobody seems to realize it.
A new study is making a bold claim about sexism, and specifically in how it relates to men. Researchers say that men who are disrespectful of women and seek to have power over them not only hurt women, but also themselves.
Scientists found that being an alpha male and seeking to adhere to stereotypes of traditional male masculinity may cause tremendous psychological problems, including severe depression, according to the study, which was published by the American Psychological Association. The study found that those who believe in masculine norms tended to be worse off mentally than those who respected women, and the problem is magnified by the fact that most macho men don’t want to seek therapy for their psychological problems.
Scientists based their findings on 78 research samples including nearly 20,000 people who participated. They found a strong link between poor mental health and 11 norms commonly associated with traditional masculinity, ranging from achieving status to sexual promiscuity to power over women.
They found that all 11 norms were strongly associated with poor mental health, but power over women, self-reliance, and playboy behavior were the three most predictive of mental problems.
“In general, individuals who conformed strongly to masculine norms tended to have poorer mental health and less favorable attitudes toward seeking psychological help, although the results differed depending on specific types of masculine norms,” said lead author Y. Joel Wong, PhD, of Indiana University Bloomington in the statement. The study was published in the Journal of Counseling Psychology.
“The masculine norms of playboy and power over women are the norms most closely associated with sexist attitudes,” continued Wong. “The robust association between conformity to these two norms and negative mental health-related outcomes underscores the idea that sexism is not merely a social injustice, but may also have a detrimental effect on the mental health of those who embrace such attitudes.”
You can read the full statement from the APA here.