A very good article written by JACLYN FRIEDMAN, which points out that the current model for masculinity is just as toxic to men as it is to women, something I agree with wholeheartedly.
This a call to all the good guys, the aware guys out there to stand up and be strong and set good examples and role model themselves to the younger generation of guys and girls coming up. It’s so easy and understandable as a young person to follow along with what your peers are doing, girls do it too. Women and girls need to be educated as well to be aware of and not perpetuate the myth of male superiority and toxic masculinity, we are what we think. As a mother of a son and a daughter I can testify to unconsciously validating the male status quo. Women need help here too in the way we socialise and raise our sons and daughters.
It’s about time we began to have these kinds of discussions within the communities we live in and it’s very promising that right now in what we sometimes perceive to be this crazy stuffed up world, that we actually are beginning to have these dialogues (again?).
Women’s rights issues have ebbed and flowed through the centuries, just have a look at history. If you can sift through the patriarchal biased miasma that is, it’s out there you just have to look a little harder. They say the victors write history and it’s kind of true eh?