Patriarchal notions of manhood don’t just harm women, they hurt men. Toxic definitions of masculinity lead to well-documented problems like high rates of gun violence, suicide and sexual violence. That’s why organizations like the Representation Project are committed to advancing the discussion about how gender limits the freedoms of both women and men. They recognize that society’s gender ideals aren’t only damaging for women; they’re universally harmful.
Their latest video examines how stereotypes constrain all people from the moment they are born.
My Brother’s Keeper is a book about this very subject (how the patriarchy hurts boys and men as well) written by one of my university professors. I’m so glad to see this issue on Tumblr.
It’s not “reverse sexism,” it’s the patriarchy just being all around shitty. Men need feminism as well.