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!

Written by

Dispelling cultural myths with research-driven stories. My favorite word is “specious.” Not fragile like a flower; fragile like a bomb! Twitter @ElleBeau

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store