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September 28, 2020 at 8:52 am
I had my brother listen to this podcast with me and this is how our conversation went:
Hope: Yeah, did you even realize how at such a young age women are set up with expectations on how they’re supposed to look starting with some of the first toys we pick up and play with. We are expected to read magazines because it is “feminine” and all these magazines do are demonstrate ways we need to be more like the women society accepts. I just feel like it is beyond important for men to understand the side that women are coming from and it is just as important for the women to understand the men. We don’t take enough time to acknowledge the pressure society puts on anyone, not just a specific gender or group of individuals.
Cole: Wow, no I didn’t think of that. But similarly to women, men are also expected to fill society’s roles starting as young as when we pick up our first toy. Soldiers, action figures, trucks… all of these toys are supposed to represent the masculinity men are “supposed” to have. Then you think about sex ed and how the whole lesson practically discusses masturbation and how boys can look at porn to get them through puberty…so boys are then expected and encouraged to expose themselves to sexual images at a very young age because society wants us to be men quicker. I do agree though, I think I need to pay more attention to everyone as a whole, versus what men just experience so I can get a greater understanding of what women go through.