The boys are not alright
“Too many boys are trapped in the same suffocating, outdated model on masculinity…they are trapped and don’t even have the language to talk about how they feel, because the language that exists to discuss the full range of human emotion is still viewed as sensitive and feminine.”
For the longest while we have been raising little boys telling them, “boys don’t cry.” But they do, and that’s okay. The existing gender/parenting discourse needs to focus on raising boys to be sensitive, and not just on raising strong girls.
Many boys are broken under the burden of prescribing to the notions of “manhood”, and they need our help. Michael Ian Black’s powerful piece on this.