So many people have issues with what they claim that feminism is, but equality between men and women and everyone in between is important. But beyond that, there are structures in place in our world that put down so many people, not just women, but men and others too.
Toxic masculinity is such a big part of the complex world that involves misogyny. It manages to drive so many of the underlying issues in the world. Now what exactly is toxic masculinity? According to Geek Feminism, toxic masculinity is “the socially-constructed attitudes that describe the masculine gender role as violent, unemotional, sexually aggressive, and so forth.” Toxic masculinity is an ultimately dangerous thing for all people, and its effects spread wide.
One effect of toxic masculinity is that men often shut down their emotions. This is ultimately dangerous to the development of young men’s emotions. Not that I’m speaking from experience, but I can recognize when something is a problem. Overall, I think that having honest and deep conversations between young men, whether or not they get emotional, can be an fundamentally healing experience. We need to start creating spaces where men can be emotionally vulnerable if we want to make a change. Allowing young men to become emotionally intelligent could make for a better world for all of us, because people who are in touch with their emotions are [mostly] healthier people.
If we start letting men be emotional beings instead of people that are often shut into themselves, all will benefit. The brotherhood and sisterhood that comes with being emotional with friends are amazing relationships, and we should be encouraging them. These relationships can be life-changing and life-saving, so it’s time to be real with the young men of this generation, and LET THEM CRY!