10 Times Ted And Barney From "HIMYM" Defined Toxic Masculinity

    Anyone remember The Playbook?

    This post contains themes of sexual harassment and anti-LGBTQ comments made throughout the show. Please proceed at your own discretion.

    Two of the main male characters of How I Met Your Mother, Ted Mosby and Barney Stinson, demonstrated or reinforced the concept of a male-dominant ideology throughout the show. Different forms of toxic masculinity were present through the characters' behavior. Although, on the surface, this show can be seen as a story following friendship, love, and life, hegemony is clearly a present part of the characters' storylines, as well as the overall tone of the series.

    barney is being held up by ted and marshall, all mouths open and brows raised as if excited

    1. Ted Mosby's persistence

    ted holds an umbrella over stella's head, they're both smiling

    2. Constant "slut-shaming" and double standards

    3. The Playbook

    barney holds up a notebook with the words "the playbook" written on the first page

    4. Downplayed sexual harassment and predatory behavior

    barney says "the only reason to wait a month for sex is if the girl is 17 years and 11 months old"

    5. Offensive comments regarding LGBTQIA+ Community

    ted says "there's a bunch of models in the lobby and the gossip is one of them is really a dude. wanna play who's hot and who's scott?"

    6. Barney's "Hot and Crazy Scale"

    7. Treatment of female side characters

    zoey and ted sit on a curb, wearing coats as if it's cold, smiling at one another

    8. Barney Stinson's repressed emotions

    barney wears a suit and tie, emotionless relaxed face

    9. The use of Robin Scherbatsky's character

    robin wears a turtleneck and hoop earrings, brows and face relaxed

    10. Finally, Barney Stinson's overall characterization

    barney winks while wearing a suit and tie

    Although the sitcom is a story about friends, love, and life, there are definitely some moments where an intense toxic masculinity narrative is demonstrated. What are your thoughts? Let me know in the comments below.