Forty-six years ago, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) — the largest psychiatric organization in the world — made history by issuing a resolution stating that homosexuality was not a mental illness or sickness. This declaration helped shift public opinion, marking a major milestone for the legal acceptance of homosexuality as an “alternative way of life”. This ruling has had a profound effect on several view point around sex AND gender. Note I stated the APA cleared the way to make homosexuality a “legally accepted behavior”. The practice of homosexuality has been around for centuries. And while the practice was never entrenched in legality, it was a publicly accepted behavior in civilizations from Greece, to Rome, to Asia and the British isles. Even in Afuraka, after the infection of the Asiatics, all the way through colonialism, homosexuality was known. However unlike Europe and Asia, homosexuality in Afuraka. was seen as a sickness. An imbalance against nature. And instead of persecuting them, homosexuals where offered rehabilitation. Or refusing that, they are ostracized. This is why there is no oral tradition or symbolic depiction of homosexuals and homosexuality in Afuraka, particularly before the Greeks, Persians, Roman and other settler invaders. The 1973 resolution, put out by the American Psychiatric Association stated, “We will no longer insist on a label of sickness for individuals who insist that they are well and demonstrate no generalized impairment in social effectiveness.” The statement continued to say the APA supports “civil rights legislation at local, state, and Federal levels that would insure homosexual citizens the same protections now guaranteed to others.” Psychotherapist contended that the DSM, psychiatry’s “bible” that defines all mental illness, is not scientific but a product of “unscrupulous politics and bureaucracy”. Mind you the same “unscrupulous politics and bureaucracy’, that had homosexuality removed from the DSM in 1973, if you actually followed the events. Psychiatry was in a crisis in the 1970s over questions like “what is a mental illness?” and “what mental illnesses exist?” One of the first things they did was try to finesse the problem that no mental illness met that definition of a disease. They had yet to identify what the pathogen was, what the disease process consisted of, and how to cure it. So they created a category called “disorder.” It’s a rhetorical device. It’s saying “it’s sort of like a disease,” but not calling it a disease because all the other doctors will jump down their throats asking, “where’s your blood test?”
The Board of Trustees of the APA approved a change in its official manual of psychiatric disorders. “Homosexuality per se,” the trustees voted, should no longer be considered a “psychiatric disorder”; it should be defined instead as a “sexual orientation disturbance.” A lot of people confuse Psychiatry with Psychology. Both discipline are similar but for one important aspect. Psychiatrists are medical doctors, psychologists are not. Due to that difference, psychiatrists can prescribe medication, psychologists can’t. Psychiatrists can diagnose illness, manage treatment and provide a range of therapies for complex and serious mental illness. Psychologists focus on providing psychotherapy (talk therapy) to help patients. Psychiatry is the branch of medicine focused on the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mental, emotional and behavioral disorders. A psychiatrist is a medical doctor (an M.D. or D.O.) who specializes in mental health, including substance use disorders. Psychiatrists are qualified to assess both the mental and physical aspects of psychological problems. People seek psychiatric help for many reasons. The problems can be sudden, such as a panic attack, frightening hallucinations, thoughts of suicide, or hearing “voices.” Or they may be more long-term, such as feelings of sadness, hopelessness, or anxiousness that never seem to lift or problems functioning, causing everyday life to feel distorted or out of control. For the psychiatrist, a mental disorder, also called a mental illness or psychiatric disorder, is a behavioral or mental pattern that causes significant distress or impairment of personal functioning. Such features may be persistent, relapsing and remitting, or occur as a single episode. … A mental disorder is one aspect of mental health. Because they are physicians, psychiatrists can order or perform a full range of medical laboratory and psychological tests which, combined with discussions with patients, help provide a picture of a patient’s physical and mental state. Their education and clinical training equip them to understand the complex relationship between emotional and other medical illnesses and the relationships with genetics and family history, to evaluate medical and psychological data, to make a diagnosis, and to work with patients to develop treatment plans. Specific diagnoses are based on criteria established in APA’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders(DSM-5), which contains descriptions, symptoms and other criteria for diagnosing mental disorders. Psychiatrists use a variety of treatments – including various forms of psychotherapy, medications, psycho-social interventions and other treatments (such as electroconvulsive therapy or ECT), depending on the needs of each patient. Psychotherapy, sometimes called talk therapy, is a treatment that involves a talking relationship between a therapist and patient. It can be used to treat a broad variety of mental disorders and emotional difficulties. The goal of psychotherapy is to eliminate or control disabling or troubling symptoms so the patient can function better. Depending on the extent of the problem, treatment may take just a few sessions over a week or two or may take many sessions over a period of years. Psychotherapy can be done individually, as a couple, with a family, or in a group.
Psychology Emerges as a Separate Discipline
During the 17th-century, the French philosopher Rene Descartes introduced the idea of dualism, which asserted that the mind and body were two entities that interact to form the human experience. Many other issues are still debated by psychologists today, such as the relative contributions of nature vs. nurture, which are rooted in these early philosophical traditions. So what makes psychology different from philosophy? While early philosophers relied on methods such as observation and logic, today’s psychologists utilize scientific methodologies to study and draw conclusions about human thought and behavior. Physiology also contributed to psychology’s eventual emergence as a scientific discipline. Early physiological research on the brain and behavior had a dramatic impact on psychology, ultimately contributing to applying scientific methodologies to the study of human thought and behavior. During the mid-1800s, a German physiologist named Wilhelm Wundt was using scientific research methods to investigate reaction times. His book published in 1874, “Principles of Physiological Psychology,” outlined many of the major connections between the science of physiology and the study of human thought and behavior (philosophy). He later opened the world’s first psychology lab in 1879 at the University of Leipzig. This event is generally considered the official start of psychology as a separate and distinct scientific discipline. Kurt Lewin was an influential psychologist who is today recognized as the founder of modern social psychology. His research on group dynamics, experiential learning, and action research had a tremendous influence on the growth and development of social psychology. A brief his-story of psychology is necessary to overstand the point of the post. And before I go into the post please take a listen to this Ted Talk presentation by Nick Brown.
Suffice to say that this Ted Talk speaker, Nick Brown, will continue to be an outsider to more established members of the psychologist community. So far we know that psychology got its genesis from philosophy. We know also, that psychology and psychiatry are similar in that the focus on human behavior and the mind. Which includes things that stimulate or repress mental abilities. The only difference being that psychologists are not allowed to dispense medication. Based on the information in the first video, we can overstand that both Psychiatry and Psychology are basically guessing. And the question of who benefits is based on funding and politics. We know that the APA once was at the fore front to remove homosexuality as a mental disorder, only to classify it as a sexual orientation disturbance. Whatever the hell that means! In keeping with the continual march of the political left, social justice agitators ( I can’t call them warriors) and the constant push to redefine sexuality, gender, femininity and masculinity, the APA issues first-ever guidelines for practice with men and boys . According to those who’s interests it is to continue this trend of sexual redefinition, the APA’s guidelines is to help psychologists work with men and boys. The purpose of modern social scientists, psychologists, psychiatrists, politicians, homosexuals and those who supports homosexuality and sexual confusion is to finally obliterate masculinity forever and redefine it as something else.
All these pictures posted in this blog is necessary to make a point that there is and has been an attack on traditional masculinity since 1964, when the civil wrong act became a Trojan horse for homosexuality to become a wildly acceptable socially. Again, homosexuality was an accepted social phenomenon, all be it one that didn’t push itself as an alternate lifestyle that everybody HAS to respect or accept. Even after removing it from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM ), they still had to fight public feelings in certain sectors,including the traditional religion of Christianity. The Catholic Church’s own his story of pedophilia and rapes of non Christians, not withstanding. So they promoted the agenda of dismantling masculinity through the entertainment industry. Once we became inured to dudes prancing around in female clothing, then we see more and more scene of homosexuality in the movies and on Teevee. Homosexual musical artists are strongly promoted, regardless of their talent level. While the Damon Wayans and David Allen Greer’s depiction of homosexuality in mainstream was a parody, it foretold what the future was going to look like. All the picture above was a progression of what the show In living Color parodied back in April 15, 1990. Now we have a continuation of this attack coming full circle when the organization that started the legal acceptance of homosexuality, has now put out guidelines as to what masculinity should be. Everything else was the braying of the jack assess in the alphabet group, but since the APA is a supposed official scientific organization, backed by the government and public praise, they now validate all the public proclamations of feminists, LGBTQ, the LGBTQQIP2AA ( I kid you not) and the sheep that follows them.
According to a 2017 analysis by Fortune Magazine, in 16 of the top companies, 80 percent of all high-ranking executives were male. Meanwhile, the 115th Congress, which began in 2017, was 81 percent male. But society felt that something was amiss for men. Despite the prominence of men in position of authority in various levels of private and public institutions. Statistics say that men commit 90 percent of homicides in the United States and represent 77 percent of homicide victims. They’re the demographic group most at risk of being victimized by violent crime. They are 3.5 times more likely than women to die by suicide, and their life expectancy is 4.9 years shorter than women’s. Boys are far more likely to be diagnosed with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder than girls, and they face harsher punishments in school—especially black boys. That being said, the APA’s new Guidelines for Psychological Practice With Boys and Men strives to show that traditional masculinity is psychologically harmful and that “socializing boys to suppress their emotions” causes damage that echoes both inwardly and outwardly. Mind you this is a society that removed male involved sports like wrestling and football from numerous public and post secondary school curriculum. A society that says that traditional toys and activities of little boys, such as GI Joe and toy armies, to racing his little bike up and down the sidewalk as dangerous. This is a society that tells boys that traditional activities that cater to boys desire for rough and tumble, figuring out complex situations via male oriented processing, risk taking as a form of spatial development, as too violent. Then they turn around and wonder why boys hide in their rooms and parents basements to play video games. And they talk about suppressing of emotions. This is a society that promotes man spreading as a crime. That teaches little boys and girls that girls are made from sugar and spice and everything nice and boys from Snips and snails, and puppy dogs tails. A society where modern sitcoms and movies have removed heroic male authority and replaced it with heroic female figures rescuing emasculated simps from danger. In fact it is not traditional masculinity that is causing problems with young boys and adult males. But a society that has portrayed traditional masculinity as toxic, shaming males for not being the sort of males the feminist and homosexual agenda would like. These people take outliers, hyper-aggressive, outlaw types and promote them as the norm for masculinity. They associate masculinity with poison and seek to redefine masculinity based on something that is not a biological imperative since the dawn of time.
Modern researchers ( think grant funding) reject the idea that masculinity and femininity were opposite ends of a spectrum, and also rejected that “healthy” psychology entailed in identifying strongly with the gender roles conferred by a person’s biological sex. In fact a professor at Toronto’s University of Toronto, in a debate with Canadian professor Jordan Peterson, stated emphatically that there is no such thing as biological sex. This person claims to study the history of sex. Not that he was a scientist, doctor or anything mundane like that. These are the people setting the table for what is masculinity and what is biological imperative in humans. The main thrust of APA’s subsequent research is that traditional masculinity—marked by stoicism, competitiveness, dominance and aggression—is, on the whole, harmful. According to them men socialized in this way are less likely to engage in healthy behaviors. But what do they call healthy behaviors? See the images above as a small sample and example of healthy masculinity.
A 2011 study led by Kristen Springer, PhD, of Rutgers University, claims to find that men with the strongest beliefs about masculinity were only half as likely as men with more moderate masculine beliefs to get preventive health care. preventive health care is defined as routine health screenings, check-ups, and patient counseling to prevent illnesses, disease, or other health problems. And in 2007, researchers led by James Mahalik, PhD, of Boston College, found that the more men conformed to masculine norms, the more likely they were to consider as normal risky health behaviors such as heavy drinking, using tobacco and avoiding vegetables, and to engage in these risky behaviors themselves (Social Science and Medicine, Vol. 64, No. 11). This masculine reluctance toward self-care extends to psychological help. Research led by Omar Yousaf, PhD, found that men who bought into traditional notions of masculinity were more negative about seeking mental health services than those with more flexible gender attitudes (Psychology of Men & Masculinity, Vol. 16, No. 2, 2015).
For this reason, mental health professionals need to be aware that men are often reluctant to admit vulnerability, says Fredric Rabinowitz, PhD, a psychologist at the University of Redlands in California who has stewarded the new guidelines since 2005, when he was president of APA Div. 51 (Society for the Psychological Study of Men and Masculinities). “Because of the way many men have been brought up—to be self-sufficient and able to take care of themselves—any sense that things aren’t OK needs to be kept secret,” Rabinowitz says. “Part of what happens is men who keep things to themselves look outward and see that no one else is sharing any of the conflicts that they feel inside. That makes them feel isolated. They think they’re alone. They think they’re weak. They think they’re not OK. They don’t realize that other men are also harboring private thoughts and private emotions and private conflicts.”
These private conflicts can have tragic ramifications. Though men report less depression than women, they complete suicide at far higher rates than women, and the numbers are moving in the wrong direction. The suicide rate for non-Hispanic American Indian and Alaska Native men jumped 38 percent between 1999 and 2014, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; for white men, suicide rates increased 28 percent in that time span (National Center for Health Statistics, 2016). Suicide rates for women have been on the rise as well, but because men complete suicide more often than women, men’s suicide death rates remain the highest. This vision of masculinity may summon up an image of a closemouthed cowboy, à la John Wayne. But there’s more to masculinity than macho swagger. When the rules of manliness bump up against issues of race, class and sexuality, they can further complicate men’s lives. For example, the masculine requirement to remain stoic and provide for loved ones can interact with systemic racism and lead to so-called John Henryism for African-American men, a high-effort method of coping that involves striving hard in the face of prolonged stress and discrimination. John Henryism has been linked with hypertension and depression (Journal of Black Psychology, Vol. 42, No. 3, 2016). Race, ethnicity and discrimination can also intersect with immigration status: As of fiscal year 2017, 68 percent of unaccompanied minors who crossed the border were male (U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, 2018). Most of these children arrive from Central America and Mexico, fleeing gang violence (Journal on Migration and Human Security, Vol. 3, No. 2, 2015), an additional psychological stressors.
If my reader does even the most rudimentary of research, he or she will overstand that masculinity is the corner stone of civilization. Civilization have always been built on the backs and through the efforts, will and sacrifices of men. Masculine men. And culture, which is the frame work of civilization was also the foundation of masculinity that femininity built on to make it viable. We can never speak on masculinity with out the counterbalance of femininity and we should not. However, modern western society promotes a bastardized version of femininity as a competition instead of a complement to masculinity. Considering that femininity can not compete with masculinity by no known metric, masculinity has to be hamstrung to place femininity…the bastardized version…on a pedestal. Since 1970s the North amurdikkka and most of the western countries have transitioned from manufacturing and production, to consumerism. Traditional manufacturing jobs have moved to third world and developing countries, where people and resources are abused and violated so that the west can become increasingly consumer oriented. Manufacturing is and always will be the purveyor of men. Consumerism of women. This is why almost every product marketed in society is marketed to the female or with the female in mind. Articles galore extol the wonder of the increase in female education, all while reducing access to trades. Society tends to devalue or dismiss tradesmen until they need some plumbing or electrical work done. Most educational curriculum is geared to women, and men are encouraged to enter that field and compete with women. But only if you don’t show too much masculinity. There are nurses and male nurses. There are male PSW’s an child care workers, that have to have a certain feminine energy or the females around them will feel intimidated. Men competing in football, boxing and mixed martial arts is considered barbaric. Yet lingerie football league is sexy and women competing in boxing and mixed martial arts is considered a positive for female. The statistics on suicides, that I have read states that more females talk about and attempts suicide than males do. But the fact that males complete it more, is indicative of the ability of men to actually complete a task, while women will fail at even that. In fact the narrative should be less about who actually completes suicide and should focus on WHY are people, including an increasing amount of young people are considering suicide. in the supposed richest and free-est nation on the planet.
Medical statistics also show that more boys are born than girls, but by the time they reach eighteen, girls catch up and pass them. This is due to a lot of factors that include masculine factors, but could also be due to other factors as well. Wars, recreational injuries and on the job injuries are a few reasons why more men die than women before a certain age. Most men are military personnel, police officers, fire fighters, oil rig workers, construction workers, taxi drivers, etc. vocation that carries a lot of risk of injuries or death. These are the vocations that build society and keep society safe for girls, women and bet males to feel free to denigrate masculinity. The idea that men do not go to see doctors, hides that fact that men feel no need to go to the doctor for every single sniffle or broken nail. While women complain about the non existent wage gap. A gap already proven to be false because most women take less dangerous jobs or that women make choices that men don’t. They can be married, have a job, not have a job, be married with children ( which removes them from the work place as their husbands take care of them), unmarried with children ( with the support of ex husbands, boyfriends or the government). Men too have a choice and that is getting a job or end up in prison. Why the two choices for men? An unemployed man is seen as a pariah in society. He is looked down upon and seen as unmanly. Not so an unemployed woman. Not every unemployed man is criminal, but every unemployed man is likely homeless, in a country that has made homelessness a crime. What these “experts” have shown the wise is that you can’t turn a science into a technology until the science is solid and repeatable. You can’t have an industrial revolution until you can make parts. And although psychology has been using those scientific methods for over a century now, it really doesn’t have much to show for it. Psychology has not become what we call accumulative science. Which is science that is measurable.
You cannot have toxic masculinity without toxic femininity. Third wave femininity that produce some of the
most vile anti male thoughts and aggression, are never called toxic.
Yet toxic femininity just like toxic masculinity is as moronic as saying living wealthy, poorly
Y. Joel Wong, PhD, and colleagues have reported that at least among white college students, Asian-American men are viewed as less manly than white or black American men (Psychology of Men & Masculinity, Vol. 14, No. 4, 2013). Men and boys of color may also be viewed with suspicion by schools, law enforcement and others, leading to harsher punishments compared with white men and boys, says Christopher Liang, PhD, a psychologist at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania who helped draft the guidelines. “Boys and men of color [are] dealing with all their hurts and their struggles in ways that are consistent with masculinity,” Liang says. “So, ‘be tough,’ and ‘don’t show your hurts.’ And they have to do this in a system where their behaviors are looked upon more negatively than boys and men from different groups.” Again we live in a society that sees masculinity as disposable, places boys and adult males, in difficult position that evokes specific responses, then shames them for showing passion and emotions. Then when they are told to man up, they are berated for burying their emotions. Damned if you do, damned if you don’t
The clinician’s role, the experts say, can be to encourage men to discard the harmful ideologies of traditional masculinity (violence, sexism) and find flexibility in the potentially positive aspects (courage, leadership). He and his team are working on a positive-masculinity scale to capture peoples’ adherence to the pro-social traits expected from men, something that has yet to be measured systematically. Sexism and violence must be placed in context. Sexism that places women intentionally at a disadvantage is wrong, but has nothing to do with traditional masculinity. But then again there is the conventional definition of what is sexism, we must look at. Like wise violence without a purpose is called mindless or criminal. Certainly not a trait of traditional masculinity or masculinity in its wholesomeness. One important finding that the so called experts, point to is that there’s less daylight between what’s expected of men and what’s expected of women than a glimpse at media and culture might reveal. About a third of the traits that people consider to be positive aspects of masculinity, such as sacrificing for others and having strong morals, are actually expected more from women than men when researchers ask both men and women about the trait in isolation from wider gender cues. Other traits, such as community leadership, charm and humor, are expected more of men than women, but not by much. The study focused solely on positive traits, so it’s not clear whether people’s expectations for bad behavior are similarly overlapping (Psychology of Men & Masculinity, online first publication, 2018). Indeed, when researchers strip away stereotypes and expectations, there isn’t much difference in the basic behaviors of men and women. Time diary studies, for example, find that men enjoy caring for their children as much as women do. And differences in emotional displays between boys and girls are small, according to a 2013 meta-analysis (Psychological Bulletin, Vol. 139, No. 4), and not always in the stereo-typical direction. Adolescent boys, for example, actually displayed fewer externalizing emotions such as anger than did adolescent girls.