Changing the Narrative: How Men Can Be Encouraged to Express Their Emotions


by : 
Adrien T.


Mainstream culture in the United States tends to promote hyper-masculinity, which rewards the rejection of emotion ("real men don't cry") and embraces sexual conquest ("sleep with as many women as possible, treat them poorly"). By being encouraged to reject emotion, men are discouraged from developing deep friendships or connections. This can also lead to mental health issues. This project will examine how boys are reaised in America and what changes can be made to encourage boys to embrace their emotions in a healthy way.