I dont think enough focus is given to male social struggles. Yes, I have just enraged thousands of ‘femgirl’ femminists who blog about their outrageous choice to not shave their armpits because men get paid more than women and make women wear high heels and have big boobs and a small waist but big hips etc etc and how this ‘social’ (I think you mean ‘inner’) pressure is ten times worse than anything boys are put through. But think about it - when was the last time you read someone’s blog, or a funny-ironic caption on a picture, or saw an art piece or heard a song or speach that was inspired by male social struggles? Or even sexist jokes that despite their ignorance, at least bring sexism into the limelight so people notice that something is happening - it’s all about girls. Why aren’t you in the kitchen?
Well get this; more than 50% of young adults with anorexia/other body image related eating disorders are male, even though the stigma is given to fashion concious female balerinas and the like. But instead, a lot of physicians lable it body dismorphia and treat it as a reaction to the regular ‘stress’ and peer-pressure felt as teens. And yes, I have never seen a model that resembles the figure of a regular young woman including the plus-size Beyonce types that aren’t anything plus at all, but when have you ever seen Ryan Gosling or Channing Tatum take off their shirt to reveal a pale slightly pimpled chest and a wobbly tummy with arms that are the same thickness from shoulder to wrist?
And you buy boyfriend jeans, oversized shirts, man-style brogues, school boy blazers, Clark Kent glasses, page boy haircuts, flannelette shirts, army boots, grandpa cardigans, but when we THE ORIGIN of those things wear them, its faggy or gay or girly or feminine (yes, gay, girly and feminine shouldnt be seen as being bad things because then that is saying that gays, girls and females are bad things or weak in the eye of society IM ON TOP OF THIS CRAP, YOU FEMINISTBLOGGERS STOP LOOKING FOR MISTAKES). And even make up is marketed as being ‘natural look’, but if a boy wears foundation or concealer then they’re either a gay fashionista or a drag queen, not just someone who wants to cover their pimples and blemishes that they feel insecure about anyway, like, there is no way to win!
I’m not digging too deeply with this rant, and I know there are plenty bigger problems with the way both girls and boys and treated and how I just want to bake a cake out of rainbows and smiles, and then we could all just eat a peice but I do think that this is seriously overlooked and that all males shouldn’t be seen as emotionally ignorant monsters who guzzle down the power our male-centred communities give them. Because that’s not completely how it is.