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You Have to be Carefully Taught: On Beautiful Masculinity

The other day, while shooting the breeze with a friend, she mentioned:

"There's a correlation, you know, between these frequent mass murder shootings and the recent sex scandals."

"What's that?" I asked.

"Well, think about it: from my research, the shootings and even these sex scandals revolve around men.  Men who are trained in toxic masculinity.  Who are told that to be a true man, you can't feel, can't emote, can't want, can't cry.  Yet, they still have those needs.  So what do they do?  They explode: either with physical or sexual violence.  They're trying to connect, and if they can't, they destroy.  They're trying to communicate, but they haven't been taught how.

"The question I have," she continued, "is what do we do about that?  How do we counteract toxic masculinity in our culture?"

"Well," I replied, thinking of my own theatrical sons, as well as my educational fathers, "it'…

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