I had to stop here:
“First off, I’d say I’m masculine because of how I feel inside, who I am, and how I carry myself. In a lot of ways my masculinity is tied to my male gender role and how I want to project that and be perceived by others.”
I think this is potent because it gives an extremely honest account of what it means to be a man. " I'm masculine because of how I feel inside ... and how I carry myself ... " how do we define ourselves as masculine individually, when masculinity is a social construct? If a tree falls in a forest and no one is there to hear it, does it still make a sound? ... If a guy is alone and going about his normal routine, is he contemplating his masculinity? I would assert that we are only concerned with masculinity once we are in the presence of others; again: a social construct. We're not masculine unless someone else tells us that we are (or not). Dex goes on to say, " ... my masculinity is tied to my male gender ... and how I want to project that and be perceived ... " I agree that masculinity has been gravely engendered but if masculinity is how he feels inside and how he carries himself, why does Dex accept the hetero-normative means of being by wanting to project an image that may turn out to be anything but who he is? Again, a potent yet succinct insight into the guy next door's psyche and his unintentional participation in the ties that bind.