7 Shitty Double Standards That REALLY Hurt Men (And Women, Too!)

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By Mark Greene

American culture is rife with bias against women, minorities and LGBT people. So much so, that it's easy to forget that there is also damaging bias against men.

These double standards are seemingly simple, but the prohibitions that lie behind them are complex and far-reaching. They effect how we men are encouraged to raise our children, what we are expected to provide to our partners, how we are expected to spend our time, and what we are allowed to show of our emotional selves.

There have always been rules by which American men are expected to behave like "real men." These rules are referred to as Living in the Man Box. Charlie Glickman explains it beautifully here.

We need to define manhood as a much wider-ranging set of options and possibilities. If we don't, the Man Box will continue to enforce limited options and limited lives for men and women alike.

Here are 7 double standards that hurt men (and women).

 

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Snuggling

Unemployment

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Unemployment

Asking for money

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Asking for money

Raising children

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Raising children

Parks

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Parks

Crying

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Crying

Standards

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Standards

This article was originally published at The Good Men Project . Reprinted with permission from the author.