This man getting a haircut with an axe and a hammer is the dictionary definition of toxic masculinity
In the least ambitious crossover in history, a man collaborated with toxic masculinity by deciding to get a haircut with an axe.
‘Why?” asked a Twitter user, who posted a video of a bearded man in a barbershop getting the sides of his hair trimmed off with an axe and hammer combo from a barber. Also bearded.
If only there was an invention that could clip your hair without risking decapitation or loss of earlobes. Someone should get on that.
— Dragon Madera (@dragonmadera) October 17, 2019
The video, originally posted by a Portuguese Twitter account called ‘Why Men Live Less’ [pq os homens vivem menos], was reposted and went viral; prompting hundreds of users to scratch their heads and wonder… why?
It shows the man – his face stoney and silent – staring off as the barber shaves the sides of his hair with a pointed, razored-down axe. The barber hammers away centimetres from his client’s ear to give him that fresh fade look.
“Boys are weird”: Twitter is sufficiently unimpressed by man opting for an axe over a clipper kit.
While the 2017 video is in no way new, Twitter wondered if it was a hipster fascination with looking like a “lumbersexual” – the flannel shirts, beard, et cetera – that has now been driven to the extreme.
The practices actually dates back to the ’30s and ’40s, when axe salesman would demonstrate the quality of their wares by shaving a furry logger in front of a crowd of potential buyers.
“It may be both time consuming and dangerous compared to your traditional methods, but at least the result looks way worse,” asserted a user, noticing that it is nearly 80 years since then and we have hair salons now.
Another pondered: “If only someone could invent some form of electrical device to make this easier.”
“I don’t know if I’d trust someone with an electric axe,” replied a user.
For the surgery of his ear when it’s gone?
— Waiting for the new Decade to start in 5 days (@angrymxvoid) October 17, 2019
Between multiple jokes about the barber butchering the client’s ear off, the video did see a number of users wondering if the men were suffering from “testosterone poisoning“.
“It’s manly”, a user pointed out, “it seems SOME men have way too much time on their hands, jeez.”
If you lose an ear, it’s free.
— WLHearns, MST, MBA (@WLHEARNS) October 17, 2019
— BadToss (@BadToss) October 17, 2019
But some wondered whether the client simply just axed for that level of service.
Toxic masculinity makes men do strange things.
Some people might deride it as a mere concept, but toxic masculinity is a tangible ideology that is prevalent and underscores many power structures.
In fact, the American Psychological Association has recognised a form of toxic masculinity that has links to homophobia and misogyny.
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The report warns of the dangers of a “traditional masculinity ideology,” explaining: “Masculinity ideology is a set of descriptive, prescriptive, and proscriptive of cognitions about boys and men.
“Although there are differences in masculinity ideologies, there is a particular constellation of standards that have held sway over large segments of the population.”
A standard which includes, apparently, getting one’s hair cut with an axe.