I wasn’t introduced to the concept of toxic masculinity until much later in my life, but I intrinsically understood the concept. It’s something that I’ve fought against my entire life. The idea of masculinity, as defined by American tradition, is fundamentally flawed. I’m among the 4%, if you know what I’m talking about, but that doesn’t make me a man. My children were definitely not raised with those values in mind, but everyone that has met them has remarked at how awesome they are. I don’t believe that is a reflection on myself so much as it is on them, but the idea remains. There are stereotypes that must be destroyed in order to recognize what an amazing future we hold, if only we should embrace it.
The examples below are dead, there’s no reason to perpetuate them. Ever. And if you think that’s a bad thing, you’ll never see the response coming.