Patriarchal norms hurt boys and men nearly as much as they hurt girls and women and all of the feminists I know recognize that fully. But I think that the mood right now though, in the wake of what the last year has brought to light, is “We always take care of everyone around us, and for just one moment, we want to focus on us and what we’ve been dealing with all this time, but mostly have kept quiet about until now.” Yes, good men who are trying hard should be appreciated and valued, but males have been and still largely are, the focus of our society. Maybe it’s time for them to step out of the limelight for just a bit so that women’s stories and voices can be fully heard.

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