what does masculinity mean to you?
powerful, strong, tough?
athletic, big, stoic?
have you ever noticed that when you don’t fit in those categories, you get called a faggot?
or a pussy, or a bitch, and you get told general catch-all sentences like “boys don’t cry”?
we aren’t innately born to act like a brooding man who hides his feelings, we are socialized to do so.
this is a common pattern for most men — that’s why it’s apart of a system. it’s “tradition” to be a man.
it’s not your fault. it’s just what we know.
we continue to be socialized to push away all things that are feminine: vulnerability, crying, emotions, softness.
we instead mask them, with the only socially acceptable emotion: anger.
and we all know how anger effects the people around us —
but what about ourselves?
men commit suicide 3.57x more than women (afsp)
we can’t keep holding our emotions in
we have to let them out
try the “experiences” tab — it will help. it’s all anonymous.