Toxic Masculinity’s Stronghold: Our Federal Budget

Updated: Apr 8, 2020

If you really want to know a nation’s priorities, you have to follow the money.

Our federal budget is a document that clearly lays out our priorities and morals — it should come as no surprise that it’s been a stronghold of toxic masculinity for far too long. Toxic masculinity has been defined by researchers as a set of behaviors and beliefs that include: suppressing emotions or masking distress, maintaining an appearance of hardness, violence as an indicator of power (think: “tough-guy” behavior). Our federal budget has prioritized programs that facilitate violence at the cost of everything else. But this new class of women in congress and the women leading the House Appropriations Committee are making progress in combating these insidious beliefs.

You might be wondering how vast is the value divide? How “toxic” are our nation’s budgetary priorities?