A friend and I were discussing societal gender differences. Imagine it – two women trying to work out what it must mean to be a man.
Because even though the narrative of society is that it’s okay for men to express their emotions, on an individual level it’s a different story. Maybe there’s a generation coming up behind where boys can be confident and express their feelings, but it’s not commonplace.
As women, there’s an expectation that we should share our feelings. We’re supposed to go to sad movies so we can cry, and spend hours talking over our feelings and other people’s feelings, and perfect the art of passive-aggressive conversations. (I missed those classes.)
But there is no societal narrative that says it is okay to be strong and a woman.