The Cult of 56-Inches and Toxic Masculinity

5 Pages Posted: 14 Jul 2018

Date Written: June 23, 2018


The cult of 56 inches does not symbolize courage or strength, it portrays toxic masculinity. And toxic masculinity is not normal. It must be resisted. When Simon de Beauvoir wrote about `becoming women’ she was referring to the notion of social construction of a person as a woman. Similarly, masculinity is also related to the notion of becoming a `man’ in a sexist, misogynist world. Masculinity is not a biological trait. It is a stereotype or a social construct. Not all men are violent or aggressive. It is in the pursuit of power that public consciousness is being molded to uphold the notion of destructive, oppressive, violent and brutal aspect of the manhood. And this cult which endorses the oppression, autocracy, tyranny, anarchism, violence, repression and destruction of self and others needs to be re-examined and contested.

Keywords: Women, Masculinity, India, 56 Inches, Violence, Gender, Oppression

Suggested Citation

Nigam, Shalu, The Cult of 56-Inches and Toxic Masculinity (June 23, 2018). Available at SSRN: or

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