Let’s break those stereotypes guys! I’m a mass communication student and entirely the whole school believes that mass communication students have pride that goes off over heels well w’all know what that means and how absolutely stereotypical it is.Guys who told you men who loved pink are gay’s or whichever way they’re doctors outta here who got good handwriting and patients would probably be walking with their prescriptions in their shorts pockets. We’ve always met these science students who got killer fashions I mean yeah fashionistas that kill people’s vibes all day long.
And there is the issue can boys be raised to be happy men and break sexism rules, respect women and value women.
Here is a checklist men need to recognize women’s value in society, recognize sexism and call it out. They’re several items designed to help boys grow up into happier, healthier men. These include letting boys cry and helping them to feel comfortable with who they are and with expressing their emotions.
The implication is that men who are more sensitive and in touch with their feelings will be better partners, bosses and friends to women, which is undoubtedly true. But while hundreds of programs exist around the world to break women and girls out of rigid gender stereotypes, we don’t put the same energy into creating boys’ empowerment programs that might allow them to feel more comfortable with who they are and live happier lives. As Miller says, “if we want to create an equitable society, one in which everyone can thrive, we need to also give boys more choices.”
There is plenty of research lately that shows that men are suffering. In a study done by MTV, six in 10 men aged 14 to 24 said they felt confined by what society expected them to be like, and 61 percent agreed with the statement “I feel pressure to act like a man today.” A study out of the University of Washington looked at how men are under great pressure to live up to the masculine ideal and found that “men who believe they fall short of those ideals might be prompted to reassert their masculinity in small but significant ways.”
Men are also graduating from college and graduate school in lower numbers than women, and they are three times more likely than women to take their own lives.
But so many boys grow up suppressing their feelings and living a masculine ideal that may have little resemblance to what is going on inside of them. We need to be doing more to awareness of people raising their sons to be emotionally open and empathetic because we value them and their happiness the same way we do to girls.
In the world of women’s empowerment, we laugh about the idea of a calendar day celebrating men (after all, isn’t every day men’s day?) or a men’s empowerment program (aren’t they empowered enough?). But the truth is, boys face many of the same types of societal pressure that girls do and it is time for us to invest in programs targeting their emotional well-being.
Emotional intelligence is widely regarded as the key to both leading a happy life and for success in business. Studies show that people who are more in touch with their emotions, who know how important it is to form close bonds with people and to allow themselves to be known, are both emotionally and physically healthier. When boys don’t learn these skills at home, they need to provide them with role models and empowerment programs that help them to become the men they are to be.
If we are ever going to have a truly equal society, where men and women are comfortable leading alongside each other and spending equal time nurturing and supporting their families, we need to value teaching boys how to be happy, healthy men. Girls are increasingly being taught how to break out of their traditions ; let’s help boys break out too.
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A very thoughtful and thought provoking blog Ann. Throughout my life I have stood shoulder to shoulder with sisters in fighting for empowerment. Unfortunately, there are many who don’t see the truth in what you write here. Well done!
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Fortunate enough we’ll all realize that our brothers need a shoulder too… Thanks for supporting my blogs
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“if we want to create an equitable society, one in which everyone can thrive, we need to also give boys more choices.”. Nice one Dear.
Thank you so much dear