“Do not Cry. Because you are a man ”- The father’s familiar deterrent to his son every day, is no longer the right word in the present era.
The millennium generation is a generation of young people born in the period from 1980 to the early 2000s. This is a generation that has access to many new inventions of mankind. They were born when technology began to grow, and grew up when social media was instrumental in connecting people. And now, this generation of present and future, is experiencing a serious crisis, the crisis of “masculinity.”
In the past four decades, the world economy, especially the West, has undergone great restructuring. Specifically, heavy industries such as mining and metallurgy – industries with the main human resources are men replaced by service industries, including industries that do not require workers or too much about physical strength. At the same time, gender equality is enhanced, the gender is created equal opportunities for labor, development, and fair treatment, regardless. The man also lost his role as the breadwinner for the whole family, and now the woman gradually takes up a more important position in each household’s finances.
But it was not until the mid-1990s that the definition of “masculinity” really wavered, stemming from the uprising of the metrosexual trend (the trend of only men who like to look after their appearance I). When David Beckham became the number one woman in a groomed appearance, it was known, there was a big gap in the school of “masculine” between the two generations.
In YouGov’s most recent survey, only 30% of men between the ages of 18 and 29 are confident that they are “well-off”, while that figure for men 65 and older, is 65%.
This causes the millennium generation to fall into a real crisis. They become passive between traditional and modern values. The concept of “masculinity” changes over time, but the words his father taught about true male models still echo in his ears.
The puppet of social prejudice?
From the early childhood of mankind, the man is always the default pillar of the family, heavily patriarchal and patriarchal. The patterns of gender are set, people suddenly become puppets that follow, follow what society has established. Ever since, the standard of the majority has become what holds back and prevents each individual from freeing himself or herself.
“Fighting for gender equality is not about fighting for women but fighting for both men and women.”
Right. Sex is a penchant, and should only be a penchant, don’t turn it into a cramped, rigid prison that holds a man. It is time for the father to teach his son to laugh, sad, sad to cry, instead of forcing the child into stereotypes and prejudices. Because, “masculinity” cannot be measured by the number of tears.