Is “Toxic Masculinty” being tamped down with emoticons?

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The concept of “Toxic Masculinity” as a real “thing” is being promoted by the liberal media and simultaneously being rebutted by many on the right, including Jordan Peterson, a Canadian clinical psychologist and a professor of psychology at the University of Toronto.

According to Wikipedia: The concept of toxic masculinity is used in psychology and gender studies to refer to certain norms of masculine behavior in North America and Europe that are associated with harm to society and to men themselves. Traditional stereotypes of men as socially dominant, along with related traits such as misogyny and homophobia, can be considered “toxic” due to their promotion of violence, including sexual assault and domestic violence. Scholars argue that the socialization of boys often normalizes violence, such as in the saying “boys will be boys” with regard to bullying and aggression.

Now now.  According to several web developers I’ve interviewed, the move to quash this threat isn’t being waged in the boardroom or the bedroom, rather in social media platforms and chat communication mediums like Skype, Twitter, and the like. A random sampling of emoticons taken from Skype, for example, seem to be heavily biased towards feminine ideals of beauty, emotion, and form. Furthermore, our Web Developer (we will call him Dwayne) has gone so far as to say “…even the expression of emotions are mostly girlish…”  he further stated “..im [sic] pretty sure this is a subliminal way to tamp down male aggression and alter our way of being..” In the humble opinion of this interviewer, Dwayne in no way suffers from “toxic masculinity”, nor regular masculinity for that matter.

Needless to say the debate continues if the malady is real or imagined, but Toxic masculinity is now such a thing as to not require quotation marks. Fox News reporters claim this is a pervasive threat to the “American Way” and defending National Security, white MSNBC and CNN say it is the greatest threat to equality, feminine equality, and peace.