What identity reinforcing messages are common in your culture?
Here are some ways masculinity has been reinforced in boys:
- Be a man!
- Boys don’t do that.
- Don’t act like a girl.
- Eat this and you’ll grow up big and strong.
- Boys don’t cry
- You don’t want people to think you’re a girl, do you?
What is your answer?
Comment below, or write your own essay related and submit it at the red box, below.
The Manhood Game cards were created and developed by Dr. George Simons as a way to reframe men’s perceptions of themselves.
As Dr. Simons writes in his intro post:
Life is often played as a game in which men’s welfare is a pawn to be sacrificed. Today I invite you to join me in another game, diversophy Manhood, a game for reframing men’s perceptions of themselves, for refreshing their mission in life, and disarming social biases that attack male health and limit the possible in their own eyes and actions. Each day I will post a new card from this game, a snippet of wisdom to GUIDE our exploration, a RISK to face, facts to test our SMARTS, a CHOICE to make, or an experience to SHARE.
More Manhood Game Cards:
|Flowers From Your Male Friend||Sorrow and Secret Emotions in Men||Something Feminine in Virile Men||.C’mon Man, You Must Be Gay|
See all published Manhood Game cards here. Several new cards are published every week!
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