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Toxic MasculinityMapping the Monstrous in Our Heroes$
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Esther De Dauw and Daniel J. Connell

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781496828934

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2021

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496828934.001.0001

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Albus Dumbledore and the Curse of Toxic Masculinity

Albus Dumbledore and the Curse of Toxic Masculinity

(p.142) Albus Dumbledore and the Curse of Toxic Masculinity
Toxic Masculinity

Karen Sugrue

University Press of Mississippi

In both the worlds of sociology and psychotherapy, a crisis of masculinity can be seen in a number of very concerning trends in violence, mental health, education, media, and in wider social domains. Having explored the traditional representations of ‘superhero’ masculinity through the discussion of superheroes and villains in the previous sections, this chapter analyzes how Albus Dumbledore represents the old superhero masculine archetype by contrasting it with Harry Potter’s, who provides a newer and more hopeful model of masculine behavior based on friendship, connection, teamwork, and love. This chapter delves into how characters can model alternative masculinities as an effective strategy to combat the pervasiveness of toxic masculinity, and its effects on children and adults alike.

Keywords:   Harry Potter, Superhero Masculinity, Albus Dumbledore, Resistance Strategies, Positive Masculinity

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