Did you know that the suicide rate for men is 3 to 4 times higher than that of women? One of the reasons has to do with how men are raised. From a young age, men are taught to not show much emotions or feelings or they are stereotyped to be “weak” or be seen as a “failure” when they do.
I am here to reiterate and to bring awareness to all of us on how our culture and upbringing has taken a toll on how men should act, react, or feel, which is largely against the nature of humanity. This impacts their mental health and affects how they show up in love and in relationships.
Since birth, we assigned the color blue for boys and pink for girls. This limiting ideology will chain impressionable young minds to social proprieties and limit their prospects as they go through life. Let’s ask ourselves, why can’t we love our own children the way they deserve to be loved, unconditionally since birth? We need to be tolerant and accepting of their chosen sexual orientation. We need to be more aware as we buy clothes, toys, etc. based on gender, and most importantly, we need to be more cognizant of how we expect boys and girls to act and behave differently, which limits their possibilities in how they fit various roles, careers, and what they can achieve in life in general.
We ought to be aware of how this impacts men, and how they define their self worth, their career paths, as well as how they act in love or relationships, and in their roles as a husband and father, etc.
Lets encourage men to share their feelings and emotions as we are all HUMAN and it is NORMAL to deal with our feelings before it transforms into a regression to addiction, alcoholism, toxic aggression, drug abuse, or other outlets, and in some severe cases, even suicidal attempts, as they don’t believe they fit in with how they are perceived by society.
Let’s raise awareness of not stereotyping based on gender, and this must start with all of us, starting TODAY, so we can rectify this for generations to come.
Be an empathetic listener and be in support of men around us to encourage them to openly share their feelings, emotions, and issues, or refer them to learn more about my coaching program.
~ Love you more ❤️