Guys have their own sets of problems
When a lot of guys hear the word “feminist” they get this idea of a woman-hating man screaming about the patriarchy. But real men know feminism is about equality. Women want to be paid the same as you. We want to be taken seriously in our workplaces. We want to feel safe walking home at night. That said, we also want things for you! We want men to stop being told to “man up” or being forced to play sports when they don’t want to.
While there a lot of groups for women to express their frustrations that come along their gender, it’s much harder to find a men’s group that is full of positivity and support for emotional issues. Which, by the way, is just as much an problem of the patriarchy as all the things that make life hard for women!
Here are some things that the average guy faces, that they aren’t supposed to talk about.
Sometimes we forget that your sexual organs are on the outside of your body, at all times which is a whole thing. Although we have our own issues to take care of, we don’t think about the fact that your junk gets sweaty (cornstarch, btw)… and itch… and random boners… and accidentally hit.
It might not be cramps, but still… ouch.
We know toxic masculinity says otherwise but dudes should be allowed to cry. Contrary to popular belief, guys have emotions! Don’t bottle ’em up.
And, btw, when they are, don’t channel your frustrations into anger. I know this is hard to do for many men, as it’s been ingrained in you to “suck it up,” but it’s ok to tear up during The Lion King.
Who doesn’t love getting a compliment? Giving them out is free. Tell your worker his tie looks good (and no, it’s not “gay”). And for women, tell a guy his haircut is handsome or that you like his new shoes.