It's not fair!
It's not fair that women get paid less, are passed over for promotion, penalised for having children and criticised for being assertive. Our unhappiness with this state of affairs has been growing since well before women got the vote, 2 centuries ago. Today we are more in touch of the social and economic cost of being a woman in our society. What we are less aware of is the cost to men of women being seen this way.
How is it for men?
Men lose out too. They are trained to hold back their emotions, to get out there and be tough and never to show ambivalence or uncertainty. It isn't that they don't experience emotions it's more that they have less scope for their expression and hence becoming more comfortable with them. As a result, when they are faced with human tragedy, like a divorce or the death of a loved one, they are more at risk of depression, over using drugs, especially alcohol, being violent or throwing themselves into work as way of numbing the pain. Or dare I say it, becoming sexually dangerous!
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