Amil Cook's Blog

Are You A Real Man? – Tony Porter: A Call to Men – Deconstructing Manhood

I happened to bump into this video over the weekend and it immediately struck me as being something that I needed to share with the world, especially all the brothers. In this video, Tony Porter, a native New Yorker and former tenement inhabitant, discusses the “man box,” a set of beliefs and behaviors that young men are socialized to adopt.  Mr Porter candidly discusses some of his experiences as a young man coming of age, being heavily pressured to operate within the framework of the ‘man box.’ He also speaks to some of his experiences as a caring father of a son and a daughter and the ways in which he has unknowingly forced the ‘man box’ on his own son.

It is time to raise awareness to the problematic understanding of masculinity in Western society…

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