Problem

Male domination


Experimental visualization of narrower problems
Other Names:
Machismo
Macho attitudes
Male supremacy
Tradition-bound male dominance
Male chauvinism
Patriarchal domination of women
Malism
Masculism
Phallocracy
Phallocentrism
Patriarchal rituals
Patriarchy
Universalization of masculine values
Patriarchal system of oppression
Male superiority
Nature:

Masculine ideology embodies a feeling of the inherent superiority of the male of the species. He has an intrinsic right to dominate females and to lead his family. He must always appear to be morally upright, strong, ambitious, energetic, virile, brave and able to direct. He should not appear effete, or have a preference for homosexuality, or do any work which he considers to be in women's domain. These very rigid role ideas cause social inflexibility and constitute a barrier to progress. Male chauvinism relegates women to subordinate roles in all spheres, while it does not actually deny them entry. Consequences for women may be alienation, apathy, stress or impoverishment. Attitudes of male supremacy may also induce a certain amount of discrimination against men as a direct result of the broad discrimination against women that is generated.

Incidence:

In Soviet Russia men were permitted to be selfish and passive and to avoid all responsibility. Communism gave women the right, and the necessity, to work as equals, but a notion of male superiority remained. Women worked at their paid jobs and did all the housework and child-rearing. Men did not help, nor were they expected to help in the home.

Claim:

Macho attitudes have been linked to maltreatment of animals, insensitivity to the environment, and suppression of instincts of compassion.

 

Problem Type:
C: Cross-sectoral problems
Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 5: Gender EqualityGOAL 10: Reduced InequalityGOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions
Date of last update
09.04.2019 – 10:22 CEST