Man Up

Masculinity is a powerful social construct that most men are aware of; however, a growing amount of literature seeks to recognize that masculinity is, in fact, more complex and more fragile than would be admitted by most men (Pfeffer, Rogalin, & Gee, 2016). Precarious masculinity theorists argues that masculinity is highly valued, but also difficult to maintain through the social threats, or masculinity challenges, that men interact with each day (Bosson et al., 2011; Vandello et al., 2008; Weaver et al., 2010). Masculinity challenges have been shown to result in in the loss of masculine status, whereby masculinity is preserved through acts of assertiveness (Netchaeva et al., 2015), expression of masculine attitudes (Willer, Rogalin, Conlon, & Wojnowicz, 2013), engaging in riskier financial decision-making (Weaver, Vandello, & Bosson 2013) and through displays of physical aggression (Bosson et al., 2009). In this project, we are conducting a meta-analysis to systematically integrate findings across studies.