Be more open minded about what it means to be a man. This gives you more choices and will make you happier and healthier. It’s less stressful, and it can give you more peaceful and respectful relationships with women – and your kids. Holding to rigid ideas about being ‘man enough’, and trying to fit in by appearing tough, aggressive and in charge, limits you and hurts the people around you. Being your true self around other guys is more comfortable.
Break out of the ‘man box’
The restrictive ‘man box’ only allows you to be a certain way, and often leads to violence. These behaviours are sometimes called ‘toxic masculinity’ because of the damage they cause. You can break out of the ‘man box’ by choosing your actions and being more flexible – that is, be the real person others want to be around. You’ll have more true friendships with your mates, especially if you also accept their choices too.
Check out White Ribbon’s new ‘Breaking Out of the Man Box’ Toolbox.
Get more info from the ‘Power of Behaviour’ section of the Respectful Relationships Toolbox.
Check out White Ribbon’s film Raise Our Men