Article: The End of Violent, Simplistic, Masculinity

by Thomas Page McBee

“People are saying, ‘Why don’t we scrap the concept of masculinity all together and let people be whoever they want to be, just leave it totally open’,” Gomez says. “I think that’s great, but a 14-year-old who grows up in a hyper-machismo household surrounded by highly homophobic peers, and his only two models of masculinity are like his worship of Lil Wayne and his abusive uncle, it’s not very useful to tell that kid, ‘Yo, just forget about the box, man. Be whoever you are.’ If you don’t give him any counter-narratives, that’s actually not giving him any options.”


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