Men are Prisoners to the Man-Box
by Twinie17 on October 22, 2014 - 10:29pm
Many people think that it's only women who have it hard in this world and that men don't struggle at all. Although it may seem that they have it easier, they definitely do still struggle. In society, women are expected to be tall, thin and naturally pretty, but many forget about society's high expectations of men to be stoic, powerful, and violent just to name a few.
The famous "man-box" is basically the rules of how to be a ‘real man’. Inside said box are things like "men must not show emotion", "men must be aggressive and dominant" and "men should be strong, tough and in control". If men don’t follow the guidelines of the man-box, then they fall into the category of marginalized masculinity. They are seen as less of a man and are called names like pussy, wimp, and feminine.
I think this concept is absurd because no one should have a list of do’s and don’ts about how they should live their lives. Everyone should be able to live their lives the way they want to without being judged or criticized. The man-box is essentially telling men that if they don’t follow these rules, then they aren’t a real man. If a man cries because his girlfriend broke up with him, he is seen as feminine and emotional which to men, is worthy of ridicule. Everyone has emotions and it boggles my mind that if a man shows his emotions he is looked down on. Why is it bad to let your feelings out? I think that it should be seen as a respectable thing that a man is able to show his feelings.
I just think the man-box is extremely unnecessary and that people should just live their lives however they want without judging other people for living their lives differently. For more information on the man-box and how to break of it, you should check out http://www.acalltomen.org/educate