We all know the stereotype of the angry man, and the stoic man. Tell us, how do men learn to express other emotions?
My father was pretty stoic. Most of the time. Except when he was angry. Then he wasn’t stoic at all.
I thought that was just my Dad. Until I realized that wasn’t my Dad, it was just what was expected of my Dad. That’s what his Dad expected, and his before him. It was what his peers expected, and what his employers expected. And in time, that’s what I expected of him too. Before he died I realized that he deprived himself, all of his life, of all the other strong emotions that made him who he really was.
My Dad is one of the reasons I’m here. We’re doing what we can to change those expectations. To help men stop depriving themselves of their full expression.
And we need your help.
Send us your stories of men who wore their hearts on their sleeves and you’ll inspire men to do the same.
Send us your stories of what it meant, or would have meant, to the other people in a man’s life if they had been able to see what he was feeling.
Send us your stories of how YOUR life has been impacted by the expectations we’ve put on men to show no emotion but anger.
Send us your stories of how those expectations have molded the world, and how changing them can change it.
Send us your stories—we’re looking forward to reading them.