Toxic Masculinity kills both
literally and figuratively. In a literal sense, The culture of Toxic
Masculinity has existed throughout decades, victimizing a plethora of men and
in turn affecting the people around them. Society has taught boys from a young
age that they shouldn’t cry, that they shouldn’t show their emotions and as a
result, has created men who are driven by the belief that they must maintain a
certain image in order to prove their “manliness” even to the point of
violence. Society has only just begun to question this idea but it wasn’t
always this way. In A Streetcar Named
Desire we the perfect example of how deep toxic masculinity was embedded in
our society during the 1940’s and the negative effects it bought on men and the
people surrounding them. Tennessee
Williams paints this picture by creating, Stanley Kowalski, a character
whose strength, physique, and loud assertive actions are frequently mentioned
in the play. In this play, we see an example of both a woman who finds
Stanley’s animal-like masculinity attractive, and a woman who refuses to let
Stanley assert his dominance over her, and the consequences that follow.

Mehta writes for Psychology Today in 2013,

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Masculinity, particularly in Stanley, is linked to the idea of a brute, aggressive, animal force as well as carnal lust. His brute strength is emphasized frequently throughout, and he asserts dominance aggressively through loud actions and violence