Reflects an increasing recognition that aspects or manifestations of masculinity are bad for boys and men and for society. For instance, a large body of research has shown that being highly invested in masculinity is connected to lower self-esteem and depression, believing myths about rape. Conventions of masculinity keep men from living up to their full humanity. In denigrating and avoiding all things traditionally considered feminine, they are denied parts of themselves that are what it means to be human, such as fulfilling and meaningful relationships. See our Toxic Masculinity overview.