Wednesday watch: we cry as men

Tackling sexism and dismantling patriarchy are good for men too (no matter what overzealous “men’s rights activists” say to the contrary). Narrow definitions of masculinity are limiting and damaging. This great video from AJ+ gets to know a martial arts teacher in Detroit who is teaching men and boys to fight, but also that it’s OK to cry and show their emotions.




Author: Rebecca Griffin

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4 thoughts on “Wednesday watch: we cry as men”

      1. I believe that we’re instinctual in some aspects of life. The hunter gatherer, the defender. Therefore showing fear or emotion would instinctually speaking be a weakness. FTR intellectually speaking and personally, to contradict myself I show emotions but then feel embarrassed


      2. But the example in the video shows that his natural response was to cry. Rather than telling him that it wasn’t manly or acceptable, this is trying to offer a new definition of masculinity that allows showing your emotions. I think feeling embarrassed after showing emotions is something that our culture drills into people, not an instinctual response.


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