See the similar and not the difference. It obvious that there are differences between the labelled "Female" and "Male" of our species... but to be honest the labels are the only there to show a difference... We are controlled into believing that there has to be a difference in genders... Why?
Differences can be valuable lessons, like, knowing hot water over cold water... some might think that it is just that simple... but surely the real value of knowing a temperature is getting it right for you, and not being afraid of getting it wrong.... This is what differences create.. the sense of doubt, fear, restrictions from lack of choice.. Rather than seeing the similar... What draws me to that person or idea.. what do I connect with.
Two movements have come about recently... The Toxic Male and The Me Too movements...
The ‘me too.’ movement was founded in 2006 to help survivors of sexual violence, particularly Black women and girls, and other young women of color from low wealth communities, find pathways to healing. Our vision from the beginning was to address both the dearth in resources for survivors of sexual violence and to build a community of advocates, driven by survivors, who will be at the forefront of creating solutions to interrupt sexual violence in their communities. ( an excerpt taken from https://metoomvmt.org/about/ )
The phrase is derived from studies that focus on violent behavior perpetrated by men, and—this is key—is designed to describe not masculinity itself, but a form of gendered behaviorthat results when expectations of “what it means to be a man” go wrong. The Good Men Project defines it this way:
Toxic masculinity is a narrow and repressive description of manhood, designating manhood as defined by violence, sex, status and aggression. It’s the cultural ideal of manliness, where strength is everything while emotions are a weakness; where sex and brutality are yardsticks by which men are measured, while supposedly “feminine” traits—which can range from emotional vulnerability to simply not being hypersexual—are the means by which your status as “man” can be taken away. ( an excerpt taken from https://www.tolerance.org/magazine/what-we-mean-when-we-say-toxic-masculinity ).
Personally I grew up in house of women..and a dad hehehehe. The first ideas about love, connection and the treatment of other and the ones ideals that have lasted a lifetime is seeing my parents in love...they were always in love.... an undying want and need to help and support eachother.... Unfortunately my mother died when I was fifteen.... the devastation that the hole left has never been filled.... but the love has never faded... this is what humans are all about.... loyalty and commitment to connections...
The paint designs below were created by Kymberli Browne from Kymystique... These both capture the essence of the human spirit perfectly.
Artist Kymberli Browne / Kymystique
Model Shae Arnold & Ben McGrath
Photographer Brian William Hadwin / Ochre Imagery Studios
Photo Edit Brian William Hadwin