Performative masculinity is making American men sick
American men are failing the pandemic.
By Alex Abad-Santosalex@vox.com, Aug 10, 2020
Fellas, is it gay to not die of a virus that turns your lungs into soggy shells of their former selves, drowning you from the inside out?
Is wearing a mask to avoid death part of the feminization of America?
Is it too emasculating to wear a mask to protect the others around you? Does staying alive make you feel weak?
According to many American men, yeah.
Poll after poll, most recently a Gallup poll from July 13, has found American men are more likely to not wear masks compared to women.
Specifically, the survey found that 34 percent of men compared to 54 percent of women responded they “always” wore a mask when outside their home and that 20 percent of men said they “never” wore a mask outside their home (compared to just 8 percent of women).
What’s startling about these numbers is that it’s now been months since the US first implemented measures, including statewide lockdowns, in response to the coronavirus.
Since late April, health experts and medical professionals have stressed the importance of wearing masks, as more and more research has found that the virus spreads through face-to-face close contact like talking, sneezing, and coughing.
US cases and deaths continue to rise; at the same time, scientists are finding that men are more likely to die from Covid-19 and still do not know why.
With deaths and rising cases, it seems unclear what would convince more men to wear masks.
According to bias, behavior, and health experts, the reason is maddeningly simple: Masks aren’t manly.
If the President won’t wear a mask, neither will I. He’s my idol. I don’t care about you. I’m just scared I won’t look like a real man.
REAL MEN WEAR MASKS