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The emotional life of men: ‘you’ll be right’ isn’t enough anymore | Louis Hanson

Dec 2nd, 2016 by

We have grown up into a society in which males fear sharing emotion with one another, and we continue to teach boys that emotion is not okay

I love my father. He’s kind and caring.

He grew up in a rural family of boys. He learnt from his father, who in turn learnt from his father, that expressing emotion didn’t coincide with his maleness. Not only was vulnerability not a choice, it just wasn’t an option. Things were left unsaid. The masculine ego left seemingly fortifiable. They were a generation of men strong and powerful but emotionally detached.

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