May 20, 2019
The old definition of a successful man was that he was in-control, wealthy, physically fit, and emotionless. He was taught to suppress emotions, and "just carry on." Not only has that created a massive burden on the men of today, it’s also not necessarily reflective of society. Men are searching for a new way of "being," a new playbook so to speak that allows them to express their masculinity in their own way.
Whether it’ll be many different ‘blueprints,’ no archetypes at all, the transition will most certainly result in a new way of being. We heard emotional and mental resilience come up a lot during the festival.
Source: Harper Bazaar article, “Men Have No Friends and Women Bear the Burden”
Until now, most people agree that women have had to adjust to live in a “man’s world” in order to be successful. This most literally translated to adopting traditionally masculine traits in the work place. Now, there is a common understanding that a blend of both masculine and feminine traits can be beneficial for both professional and personal relationships. Most notably, empathy and proactivity can be really powerful for men to better understand.
For all the non-Brits out there, in the UK, banter refers to making fun of or “taking the piss” out of others in order to make people laugh. Some men find it hard to balance keeping the mood light/joking around with friends, with supporting and building each other up. While humour is important, it’s key for men to read their audience and not try to take each other down with banter. Here are some tips we took away for how to improve the quality (and depth) of male friendships:
May 20, 2019
Thanks for your comments, Abbas. It’s definitely an interesting topic and one worth discussing. We don’t think there’s anything inherently wrong with masculinity (or femininity for that matter), just certain traits within it that might not be so productive :)
This is so relevant to men today! There’s definitely a stigma attached to being “masculine” today. Thanks for sharing!
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