As all of our fans will know, works of fiction in film and television are great for starting conversations on current topics of interest, and one of the most controversial and talked about is masculinity. For a long time an idea of masculinity has prevailed that is now considered harmful, for the men who are educated in it as well as for the people who live with them.
On several occasions we have shared the analyzes that others make about how some fictional characters question toxic masculinity and become models of positive masculinity; from Mr. Miyagi in The Karate Kid – 90% to Aragorn from The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring – 91%, the examples abound and are worthy of applause, but we must also know those that are a sample of toxic masculinity to better understand the problems we face in real life.
Now it is the turn of Kylo Ren, one of the villains in the sequel trilogy produced by Disney, to be the negative example that will teach us not to repeat his mistakes. The character, despite being in three movies that divided fans, became a favorite and the performance of Adam Driver (The KKKlan Infiltrator – 85%, Marriage Story – 98%, Star Wars: The Last Jedi – 91%) was applauded for being able to convey the complex emotions of Han Solo and Leia’s son.
In Star Wars: The Force Awakens – 92% Kylo Ren caught the public’s attention for his outbursts of anger, which showed a complete lack of control over his emotions. We later found out that he was the son of the heroes from the first Star Wars trilogy, but he was corrupted by the Dark Side.
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In order not to be corrupted by the dark side of masculinity, it is recommended that you know these five points that have been compiled by the Institute for the Development of Anti-Hegemonic Masculinities (IDMAH), and that they shared through their Instagram account, @demachosahombres . These are the most toxic characteristics that we can identify in Kylo Ren:
Believe that we deserve everything.
Ben Solo was born in an environment of privilege, he has everything he needs to succeed in whatever he sets his mind to; However, these privileges make him believe that he deserves everything he wants just for wanting it and it is that belief that corrupts him.
Use people at our convenience.
During the development of his story, Kylo Ren never creates a sincere bond with another person. Use others to achieve your goals regardless of their feelings or desires.
Let ourselves be blinded by ambition and power.
The promise of being as powerful as his grandfather is the only thing that motivates him, and because of this he refuses to see that he is making mistakes that will cost him everything.
Not working on good management of our emotions.
Whenever something doesn’t go his way, Kylo Ren throws things and attacks other people. While this attitude creates funny memes, bringing violence to life is no joke.
Let us manipulate and want to manipulate others.
Ben Solo blindly trusts Snoke’s words and after becoming Kylo Ren uses the same manipulation techniques to try to convince Rey to join him.
This isn’t the first time Kylo has been singled out as an example of toxic masculinity, last year when Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker premiered – 61%, many criticized that Rey fell in love with an abuser and murderer. Now it is clear to us that despite that silly creative decision, the negative characteristics of the character can be a great help to analyze our own attitudes.
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