Man crying. Source – guardian.ng
I just had a huge epiphany: That we, as feminists, may have been missing a trick.
I think one of the largest problems with feminism today (as in, its efficacy), is that the word often, without meaning to, creates estrangement. Men can feel isolated and like it isn’t something for them to be involved with…
I happen to believe that the missing piece is connection. Women and men need to see each other as individual people, that is the only way these barriers can be broken.
I was recently talking to a friend, who told me that I was more than the colour of my skin or the gender of the body I am in. That was a huge compliment, as I believe all great people can be defined by who they are, and not where they were born, their parents, their upbringing etc. At a certain point, a person surpasses their physical boundaries: Maya Angelou. Martin Luther King. Lana Wachowski. John Lennon. Prince.
Maya Angelou. Source – quote ambition
“A wise woman wishes to be no one’s enemy; a wise woman refuses to be anyone’s victim.”
Men go through crippling difficulties with not being able to express emotion in a world that is too busy to hear. Many men die because of this lack of support, and connection.
Man in pain. Source – blocksoflife
I am not saying women don’t have it hard. There are many problems for women to deal with in this modern age, too. Many that it may be hard for men to understand. In the same way women may never fully understand the difficulties they face. If you’re feeling a resistance to helping men, I get it. We feel unheard, often unseen. Surely the first step, again, is connection.
We are not so different. We are all human. And just because we have not experienced their problems, and vice versa, it does not mean we can’t help each other out. We need unity more than ever now.
Emma Watson. Source – globalcitizen
“Men, I would like to take this opportunity to extend your formal invitation. Gender equality is your issue, too.”
As Emma Watson said so eloquently in her speech, men have problems, too. Helping men to express their feelings and to connect, in my mind, can only help women… and men.
So here’s my proposal… to post the hashtags #hecancry #warriorscry #sheforhe along with a supportive message to all men.
This is a way of showing that feminists can support men. I believe that men and women supporting each other is crucial if we are to work together in the future.
Men play a large role in helping us to reach equality, and being kind is always a good thing. I believe it is time to show that while we need men’s help (#heforshe), men can be just as benefited and lifted up as we can. It’s also time for #sheforhe #strongmencry #warriorscry #hecancry