Stuff men don’t talk about #473

[CW: maybe TMI? 🤷‍♂️]

I’ve been reflecting a lot lately on what I might be able to add to the discussion on male privilege and toxic masculinity.

I think there are a lot of things we go through as boys and young men that no one really unpicks or even talks about and, from where I sit, they look an awful lot like part of the problem. Here’s a couple of fairly random thoughts on that topic.

[Photo: me circa age 13]

I’ve never been what I would call a “stereotypical guy”, a “man’s man”. I’ve always recoiled from displays of machismo, “locker room” talk, boasting over sexual “conquests” and the like, and have never felt comfortable engaging in that stuff.

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