Men and boys are human beings after all… aren’t they?
“It takes a village to raise a kid.”
- “Men don’t cry”
- “Men aren’t expressive.”
- “If boys and men are expressive, they’re cowards, pu**ies”
- “Boys will be boys.”
STOP conditioning us to be non-express, non-communicative. Nurture us from the ground up when we’re younger. When we’re adults, be kind, support, and love us wholesomely.
How traumatic, unhealthy, and immature are those words? That’s a rhetorical question…
“It’s easier to raise children than fix broken men.”
Regardless of our backgrounds whether it is gender, race, ethnicity, age, religion, political stances, sexual orientation, education, we’re all HUMAN.
F**k the toxic patriarchal society. As people, we all have pain, suffering, vulnerabilities, failures, weaknesses, hopes, dreams, plans, goals, objectives, feelings, emotions, beliefs, needs, and desires.
Whether boys and men cry, smile, or express themselves in any other way, they are still boys and men. They are still human beings that need and want support. Hell, we’re ALL expressive, emotional creatures. Where’s the love? Show the love. Be good, be ethical, be moral, be kind, be gentle, be sensitive, be assertive, be confident, love yourself inside and out entirely, and share that love with others.
When I’m in an uncomfortable state of vulnerability, I utilize meditation, emotional freedom technique (tapping), exposure therapy, the talking cure, music therapy, martial arts, and sports. We all need to release. Do what gives you emotional release.
If you have anxiety, depression, or other unhealthy things going on, please seek professional assistance by contacting your physician to see a specialist, or call your local hotline for help!
Here’s a song that may help boys and men see the light during and at the end of the dark tunnel.
Lean On Me, Bill Withers
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