We in ‘civilised’ society talk of girls and women and their emotional ways
Yet I experience
Again and again
Young boys with strong, clear and overwhelming emotion
What happens as they grow?
Be a man
Tears won’t solve it
The control of their uncontrollable helps us feel safe. We teach them control is the way.
We teach them men don’t ‘do’ emotion.
And so the emotion is repressed
The connection denied
The solution thwarted
The relationship unfulfilled
The life that ends
If you’re responsible for raising young men : let them express all they have
If you’re responsible for leading them : do the same
And if you’re that boy who was suppressed : talk to those who can help you most
Male suicide rates are too high for us to keep pretending that being a “man” is the way forward.
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