We’re living in a moment that will be recognised in history as one in which women started finally being listened to.
The empowered and the powerful are speaking out about the struggles many women have endured silently for years. Sexual harassment and assault. Pay inequality. Infertility and pregnancy loss. The mental load. The bullshit objective that is work/life balance.
So in this spirit of openness and equality, columnist, author and feminist champion Caitlin Moran recently offered the men of Twitter the chance to share the “downsides” they experience courtesy of their gender. The answers ranged from minor quibbles like ear hair and not having an equivalent to sexy nightwear, to the pain that comes with repressing emotions.
By far the most common theme among the more than 6800 responses centred around men’s struggles to remain within the confines of the masculine ideal.
We have very few avenues to emotionally express ourselves. We’re supposed to fit this stereotype of being tough and only wanting touch if it comes with sex.
I want a hug and head pats, dammit.
— Ash Menon (@ashvinmenon) October 19, 2018
when my wife leaves the room she blows out the expensive candles as they’re ‘wasted’ on me on my own…
— andrew glover (@thequestingvole) October 18, 2018