Our culture needs to have a conversation about what it means to be a man in the 21st Century. Historically, having male breadwinners and female homemakers ensured the survival of the species. But it also gave men a sense of privilege which they abused.
Today, cultural expectations are that men and women are essentially equal in relationships and in the workplace. However, as this article points out, “When men commit violence, they’re fulfilling expectations of their gender.”
So when boys and men face obstacles, the expectation is they will act out violently. When the only acceptable emotion men are allowed to express is anger, everyone is endangered. We have to stop socializing empathy out of our boys, and stop treating vulnerability as a weakness, for everyone’s sake.
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But what about the men? On masculinity and mass shootings
by Meghan Murphy