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Vulnerability Of Men

In our society, the pressure on men to always be strong and unemotional can cause severe mental health issues. Let's encourage open dialogue and support for all who are struggling.

Ladies and gentlemen,

Today, I would like to address a topic that is frequently overlooked and disregarded in our society.

In a world where men are expected to embody strength, stoicism, and emotional detachment, it can be extremely difficult for them to express their true emotions and seek assistance when necessary. 

Vulnerability Of Men

In our society, the pressure on men to always be strong and unemotional can cause severe mental health issues. Let's encourage open dialogue and support for all who are struggling.
In our society, the pressure on men to always be strong and unemotional can cause severe mental health issues. Let's encourage open dialogue and support for all who are struggling. | Image:Canva.com

Take a moment to reflect on this. How often have you heard phrases like "Man up" or "Be a man" when a man opens up about his feelings? This societal expectation that men should always be resilient and unemotional can have detrimental effects on their mental well-being. It fosters a culture where men feel ashamed or feeble for displaying vulnerability, causing them to suppress their emotions and suffer silently. 

However, the reality is that men experience emotions just like anyone else. They feel sadness, fear, and pain just as intensely as anyone else. Yet, they are frequently discouraged from openly expressing these emotions. This can lead to a range of mental health issues, including depression, anxiety, and even suicide. 

Allow me to share a personal anecdote that exemplifies the impact of these societal expectations on men. A few years ago, a dear friend of mine was going through a challenging period. He had recently lost his job and was struggling to find a new one. He felt like a failure and was overwhelmed with feelings of shame and inadequacy. However, whenever he attempted to discuss his emotions, he was met with dismissive remarks such as "Just toughen up" or "Quit being so sensitive." 

Consequently, he felt compelled to bottle up his emotions, which only exacerbated his mental health issues. It was not until he reached a breaking point and attempted suicide that he finally received the help and support he needed. This served as a wake-up call for me and a stark reminder of the dangers of toxic masculinity and the stigma surrounding men's emotions.

Nevertheless, it is not solely societal expectations that contribute to the vulnerability of men. Men are also victims of sexual harassment and assault, yet their experiences are frequently disregarded or belittled. The #MeToo movement has shed light on the experiences of women who have faced harassment and abuse, but it is important to remember that men can also be victims. 

Their experiences should be treated with the same seriousness and respect. Whether it is unwelcome advances in the workplace or being coerced into sexual acts against their will, no one should have to endure such treatment. Unfortunately, many men feel ashamed or embarrassed to come forward due to the stigma surrounding male victimhood. 

It is crucial for us to dismantle the barriers that prevent men from expressing their emotions and seeking help when needed. We must foster a culture where men feel safe and supported in sharing their feelings, without the fear of being judged or ridiculed. Additionally, we must acknowledge that men can be vulnerable too, and that it is perfectly acceptable. 

To initiate change, we must challenge the outdated stereotypes and expectations that dictate men should always be tough and unemotional. We should promote open and honest conversations about mental health, and provide resources and support for those who are struggling. Furthermore, we must stand against all forms of harassment and abuse, regardless of the gender of the victim. 

In conclusion, addressing the vulnerability of men is a significant issue that requires our attention and action. By dismantling the barriers that hinder men from expressing their emotions and seeking help, we can create a more compassionate and inclusive society for everyone.

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Manisha is an Honors Graduate in BSC Applied Management, excelling in the field of writing with over 100 anthology participations and world record certificates for her contributions to Inkzoid Podcasts. Previously, she served as the Ex Director of Sian Publication, providing valuable platforms for emerging writers before the publication's closure. Despite this setback, her exceptional skills have earned her prestigious awards, solidifying her status as an inspiring figure and symbol of women's empowerment.

Manisha Venkatesan

Manisha is an honors graduate in BSC Applied Management, excelling in the field of writing with over 100 anthology participations and world record certificates for her contributions to Inkzoid Podcasts. Previously, she served as the former director of Sian Publication, providing valuable platforms for emerging writers before the publication's closure. Despite this setback, her exceptional skills have earned her prestigious awards, solidifying her status as an inspiring figure and symbol of women's empowerment.
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