Living in patriarchy for so long, people have almost forgotten what it means to be a real man. Some say that it’s all about honesty, while others claim that a good man is the one that’s caring. But what the society has portrayed as a real man is the one taking charge, taking risks, suppressing his weaknesses, and talking like ‘a man’.
Professor Michael Kimmel is a leading scholar on masculinity and puts his students to this test when his classes start. The test shows how confusing the messages boys get from society about manhood are, and how the whole notion of masculinity in society represses men and makes it so hard for them to put their guard down.
The cultural ideas of manliness can be so damaging to people, so someone decided to ask the men of Reddit to share the worst reaction to letting down their emotional shield. The responses started flooding in, and we decided to share some of them with you to shed light on how misunderstood and lonely some men are.