Well said! People should be allowed to be whatever blend of traditionally masculine and feminine traits that they actually are, without being forced into gendered roles and anyone who asserts that no-one is forcing anyone is just not paying attention (or is purposely closing their eyes). Any time a straight guy gets called a fag or a girl or a wimp for failing to live up to hegemonic norms, there is coercion. And when you can’t be who you truly are because it’s mocked or you feel you aren’t living up to who you are supposed to be, you get isolated, depressed, and want to lash out at those around you — the premise of this article QED!

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