Making men feel manly in masks is, unfortunately, a public-health challenge of our time

Making men feel manly in masks is, unfortunately, a public-health challenge of our time

Mask shaming men won’t work. Here’s what will,” read the headline of a Los Angeles Times article suggesting ways to “make masks and masculinity a better fit.”

Do you have an unmasked man in your life? You could, the article suggests, make sure he had some “tough” looking masks, perhaps with “camouflage” or “shark teeth.” Or, you could pull him in with a little “benevolent sexism,” i.e. encouraging him to think of mask-wearing as a “paternalistic” and “chivalrous” act — a way for the mask-wearer to think, “I’m being a hero.”

By Monica Hess, Washington Post

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