• Culture

    Long Islanders recount experiences with toxic masculinity

    By Donovan Alexis Struggling to fit into the stereotypical description of how a man should be, Eric Ventura found himself in a position where he felt that if he didn’t act like one, people would take advantage of him. This is just scratching the surface of toxic masculinity, the idea that puts a constraint on men to act tough, suppress emotion, to be the breadwinner, and to always be welcome to sexual advances from women. “While I was growing up, I’ve always been around people who didn’t show a lot of emotions,” Eric Ventura, a sales associate from Selden, said. “I learned to keep my emotions inside just as they…