Written By: Kaitlyn
I feel blessed to have been raised by a father who is very in touch with his emotions. He cries at every commercial and Extreme Home Makeover episode, is the best hugger and taught me how to braid my hair.
From an early age, I was shown that men and women both have emotions and that it's healthy and acceptable (and yes, strong) for men to show those emotions.
Due to societal expectations, men are not supposed to show emotions, because this visibly makes them "weak" when they are supposed to be "strong." This concept is literally stone-age in its ideals, stemming from a time when men were the hunters and gatherers.
I don't think I need to tell you, but times have changed. I can't remember the last time I've seen a sabertoothed tiger and fur loincloths are thankfully not in fashion anymore.
As human beings, we all have emotions. The same emotions. I know, mind blown. Where it's still seen as weak to show emotions for women, men are expected to show no emotions at all in fear of being seen as weak. This mentality is literally killing us. Men are 3.5 times more likely to commit suicide and I don' think that it's a coincidence that they're also not supposed to show or express their emotions.
This needs to change. Men's emotions are just as valid as women's emotions and need to be recognized and celebrated as such.
For a long time, it's been accepted that men and women deal with their emotions differently, but it also needs to be known that because of this difference, men are physically and mentally unhealthy. This isn't okay.
We need to start teaching (and showing) men and boys that their emotions should not only be expressed, but should be validated and celebrated. There needs to be a place in this world where men feel comfortable to this without judgement or worry that they will be seen as less "masculine".
We hope that this space of crybabies can be a safe space for that. It's for all people ready to express and be comfortable with their emotions--something every human being has the right to.