Positively characterized as qualities that are; strong, community building, utilitarian, practical. Negatively characterized as too aggresive, violent, uncaring.
I'd like to see the word masculine be used in good context for once
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The properties characteristic of the male sex

The trait of behaving in ways considered typical for men
His masculinity is very obvious in the way he struts his stuff.
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Often defined as aggressive, strong, and unfeeling or stoic. Being masculine means in modern times, at least, no shows of emotion, no flamboyance, no hugging or even looking at other men, must be interested in sports and physical/violent activity.

What masculine is is simply what a man does. Assuming responsibility for your actions; being sympathetic, sensitive, and caring; and gentleness are perfectly fine for men. A true man is not a hard-nosed, violent, overgrown child; he's a mature, kind individual.
Until the 1800s, men's dress was about as flamboyant as women's dress, and men were allowed to show emotion and tears. But their clothing styles sobered and they were taught to be strong, stoic. Affection was still allowed... but as the world became aware of gays and other sexual minorities, male/male affection was scorned.
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Masculinity as properly defined is an aspirational and normative style of being and living as a natural-born man that a critical mass of the members of that population applaud. Masculinity may evolve over time and diverge within cultures, but there are trans-historical and trans-cultural aspects that any reasonable man can realistically point to through comparison using deitic adverbs. ("This is masculinity. That is not masculinity.") It is not a heteronormative phenomenon insofar as non-heterosexual males make the same denotations in whatever argot and the interactions between heredity and environment out of which the phenomenon of masculinity arises are visible in mass popular culture. As examples, James Bond, Sean Connery, Conan the Barbarian, and Arnold Schwarzenegger are masculine. When "masculine" is applied to women, the term denotes mannish features (or severe unattractiveness). That is not masculinity.
Woman: "That transsexual over there is quite masculine."
Man: "That is not masculinity."
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the epitome of what a man should be

the opposite of femininity
girl 1: ‘have you seen that guy called Loris?’
girl 2: “yeah i heard he likes pigeons
girl 1: ‘wow he is the definition of masculinity’
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Adding bacon to this delicate appetizer will masculinate it so I won't look too girly bringing it to Steve's Super Bowl party.
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when no harry potter
“masculinity is when no harry potter
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