#MasculinitySoFragile is bringing angry men to the forefront

#masculinitysofragile
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It hasn’t even been a century in the United States since the federal government implemented women’s suffrage, and in our 239 year history, there has yet to be a female president. The glass ceiling, while cracked, remains largely intact across a number of industries and professions, and by and large, to say that gender equality has been achieved in this country (or the world in general) would be a stretch of the imagination. After all, we still live in a society where “feminist” is a bad word. And perhaps some of that stigma arises from the fear that the status quo is slowly but surely beginning to change.

This morning on Twitter, the hashtag #MasculinitySoFragile is trending, a jab at the idea that somehow, the rise of women should be equated with the trampling downfall of men. And ironically enough, some of the male responses to the hashtag are driving home the point best of all.

Much of the discussion, which began as a sarcastic slight, has devolved into literal interpretations of “fragility.”

Operating that masculinity is inherently tied to physical strength, a number of users have pointed out that masculinity, or proving oneself to be “manly,” often manifests itself in violence toward women or displays of physical strength.

Others have noted the overuse of phrases like “no homo,” “whipped,” or the avoidance of activities and objects considered “feminine.”

And of course, there have been attacks on feminism.

But thankfully, there are those who recognize the importance not only of the conversation incited by the hashtag, but by feminism itself.

So tweet on, Twitterverse. Because this is one hashtag that is as educational as it is entertaining.

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