One look at global society in a detailed manner and you’ll see that there is plenty wrong with how it operates. Sure, these western nations look good at first glance and represent the ideal living conditions, but there is still a lot that needs to be dealt with.
But with the modern era taking its toll on the older generations, and the millennials taking over, things are beginning to change. And by change, I mean that at this moment, somewhere around the globe, some important issue is being given attention to. And to be honest, that’s how it should always be, considering that solving a problem first requires identifying that there is one.
Gender Stereotyping is one of the issues of our time. Yes, it truly is and we seem to ignore it most of the times. So what is it? Basically, when a man’s actions are questioned of being ‘unmanly’. Let’s say a man who screams too loud, the general population will look him down on it. The same case is for women, they’re pushed towards being more ladylike.
But there is one thing that men suffer from the most, and that is what we need to highlight here as well. It’s emotions.
We’re humans, right? We all have emotions, it’s genetically and physically impossible not to feel a variety of them. So why is it such an issue when a man decides to display some of his to the world? he’s labeled as someone not manly enough, or weak. Whereas in reality, he’s just showing what he’s feeling.
One 19-year-old girl, who goes by the name of Maud Fernhout decided to dive head-on into this popular stereotype. She decided to use her skills to debunk a myth that should’ve never existed in the first place. The modern era doesn’t require any of these unrealistic beliefs and human certainly do not deserve to keep their feelings in check.
Being a photographer, she decided to use her passion and her resources to promote this stereotype as something wrong and downright stupid. Maud started a photo project titled ‘What Real Men Cry Like’. The title itself is a jab towards the people who promote men bottling up their feelings and living in despair rather than sharing it. In a statement to A-plus, she said that,
With this project, I try to get people thinking about how we view gender and gender roles. Why do we tell men not to cry, but to ‘be a man’? And what does that even mean? Why do women cover their mouths when they laugh, and why is it so weird to imagine a man doing the exact same thing? I am not trying to tell anyone who or what to be. If you identify as ‘a man’ and don’t appreciate crying, then don’t do it. But if you do feel like wiping away a tear while watching the notebook and eating ice cream in bed, don’t let something as trivial as gender roles hold you back. And girls, let those teeth shine. Joy is beautiful, and so are you.
She photographed a couple of men, of different ages and let them cry. Along with that, she also recorded how they felt towards the stereotype. Keep scrolling to find out!