More and more boys and men are speaking up today about the negative aspects of the stereotypical expectations of masculinity that is put on them.
Absurdistwords is a Twitter user that decided to contribute to this conversation, and he did it by highlighting the importance of acknowledging that men face the same problems as women more often than not. From emotional trauma and depression to an eating disorder and unrealistic expectations, men are often faced with these problems, but our culture doesn’t immediately acknowledge these struggles. This Twitter user explains the concept of toxic masculinity and how it affects people’s lives through his thread that went viral.
Inspired by the thread, Imgur user BeorcKano shared his heartbreaking experience of growing up with a father that encouraged self-destructive behavior just for the sake of being ‘masculine’. You can read the full story below, and feel free to add your own thoughts in the comments!
It all started out when the 15-year-old Brent Conner tweeted about the struggles men face and are often overlooked.
Twitter user Absurdistwords contributed to the conversation by offering his own insight on the topic:
Imgur user BeorcKano was inspired by this thread, so he decided to share his own heartbreaking experience: