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macho

Having or presenting an image or manner of masculine bravado and virility. It's no wonder there's so many mental health issues for men when we are expected to be macho all the time and repress any and all emotional vulnerability. For looking like such a macho car, it's got a pretty wimpy engine inside.

macho

(ˈmɑtʃo)
1. mod. masculine; virile. (From Spanish. Used as a derogation by feminists.) Does the world really need one more macho man?
2. n. a masculine or virile male. He’s such a macho. He even chews tobacco.

macho

Also macho man. Characterized by exaggerated masculine traits. The term comes from the Spanish macho for male, used as either adjective or noun, and was first recorded in English in the late 1920s. Both it and macho man, dating from the later 1900s, are often used in a derogatory way.
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There is little "machoism" (as Professor Olsen would have it) in this book, either in Mississippi or elsewhere in reference to 1861.
The film's essential theme, then, is the repression of a natural homoeroticism, the constant male dread of its return, and the damaging consequences (for both men and women) of its repression, which problematizes both heterosexual and homosexual relationships by denying the 'constitutional bisexuality' that Freud deduced we are born with: especially, the necessity for many men of developing a false, potentially violent and destructive, machoism as defence and denial.
Is drinking a form of machoism? Proof of one's manhood, or womanhood?
The love between Black parents and children may end the cycles of emotional longing, confusion, and pain that later encourage maladaptive behavior, sexist machoism, and futile searches for father/mother figures.
In a country where the Taoist symbol for the female is water, a Chinese proverb teaches: "Water wears away the rock." For 20 years women have persistently, always, even perversely at times, insisted on their rights, raised their questions and complaints, demanded to be heard over the din of male militarism and religious machoism, not simply for themselves but for the sake of women everywhere.
CONGRESS, in a frenzy of competitive machoism and with little regard for the Constitution or common sense, passed another crime bill.
A second adolescent characteristic, for males, is a stage of sexual identity known as "machoism." Unfortunately, macho adolescents interpret this as meaning one must be aggressive, even to the point of sometimes being violent.
What makes RAW different is that in spite of a well-built actor like John Abraham, who has delivered action movies in recent past, the film doesn't involve in machoism or fake heroism.
It showed that machoism is a mirage and that a lot of pressure is put on men too.
It is interesting how one can string the history of machoism in modern India through its underwear ads.