Even though men are at the top of the social pyramid, they are often subjected to the irrational standards set by society, thanks to patriarchy. Right from birth, men are conditioned to hide their emotions. This is usually due to the confused interpretations of the word ‘masculinity’.
What’s the confusion about?
In any situation, a male is expected to suppress any negative emotions other than anger, to keep up with the standards set for the word ‘masculinity’.
All through their life, men hear phrases like "Man up”, "Don’t cry like a girl”. This constant dismissal of emotions leads to men defining their masculinity with these expectations and pass the baton on to their peers. Thus forming a vicious cycle of emotional suppression.
Emotions have no gender and they demand to be expressed and acknowledged. Suppression might lead to many ill effects on anyone’s mental health. Men should also be encouraged to talk about their mental health.
It is important for men to address their emotions. Study shows that people who don’t cater to their emotional needs during their childhood are prone to substance abuse and other risk behaviours in their adulthood.
Read it out loud
Let’s break these false standards.
->Let’s normalise men crying/ It’s okay for men to cry.
->Let’s normalise men needing emotional support
->Let’s normalise men seeking therapy