In a moment when women are being empowered to speak out against powerful male abusers, we wonder: what would it take to rewrite the rules about masculinity? How do you change a culture that says men aren't supposed to express their emotions or be close to other men? Perhaps it involves starting young.
I don't have children of my own but I see the struggle my brother went through without a male figure growing up. I know my mother tried her best to help fill that void, but unfortunately for him it wasn't enough. And it has been a struggle for him to figure out on his own what being a man meant and took cues from all sorts of sources. I think he is a good man but it has taken years to get to the point where I feel confident saying that.
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