Arizona State University
Anorexia and toxic masculinity
Describe a problem you've solved or a problem you'd like to solve. It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma-anything that is of personal importance, no matter the scale. Explain its significance to you and what steps you took or could be taken to identify a solution.
For most of my life, I was seen as a very skinny kid and sometimes I was mocked for it. There is a rising concern for boys who have body positivity issues and experience toxic masculinity. I for one can speak from personal experience on what it felt like to be seen as someone who was "anorexic" or "underweight". There's a sense in our world all of a sudden to try to be as perfect or as good looking as we possibly can. Whether it be on Tik Tok or other platforms of social media the people of my generation follow these apps almost religiously and try to mimic the actions of others.
They ask themselves "Why can't I be this skinny?" and much more. Social media was made to bring us together as a species but instead, it's driving us apart filling our heads with these unrealistic standards. My situation was not quite similar to this but as I'm growing up I can see how it's the same situation just evolved. As an immigrant born in Albania and raised in America I was always held to high standards sometimes unrealistic. Culturally Albanian Men are these big strong men who take care of everything and are just the definition of a man.
I was told that men do not cry and that men don't have high squeaky voices so my mother would tell me...
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