BY: ARIEL HSIEH | DECEMBER 29, 2013
The point these videos make are the ways in which we have taught our boys to become men can actually be harmful to their mental health (leading to depression and lack of treatment of mental illness) and create cycles of violence and oppression, particularly among boys. In some regards, males can actually seem to be more restricted in the range of emotions and actions they can undertake; while it is acceptable for girls to branch out into more typically male behaviors (such as “tomboys”), there are much higher social sanctions against boys engaging in typically female behaviors, such as crying. What is important to note from all of this is that the ways in which boys and girls are expected to act is created, taught, and re-taught over and over throughout generations and while it would be difficult to change these social norms, it is not impossible. From a sociological perspective, it is important to note these kinds of social constructions and how they change over time and affect our culture and social relationships.