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What Men and Boys Need to Know About Toxic Masculinity

While we talk a lot about how toxic masculinity hurts women, we need to start discussing why it also harms the men who express it.

Toxic masculinity is being discussed now more than ever, with the #MeToo movement leading the conversation. It may be easy to think that toxic masculinity -- or unhealthy, potentially dangerous behaviors performed in attempt to reach an imagined standard of masculinity -- can only harm women, but this isn't the case. Jessie Gender breaks down how unrealistic expectations for men, hyper-violent role models, and smothering of emotional expression are just some of the ways toxic masculinity harms men. It's time for each man to redefine what being a man means to him.

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