“Don’t cry like a girl,” “Don’t fight like a woman,” are some of the statements handed out to any and every man who chooses to feel things deeply, above the allowed society parameters. The world has always expected men to be the stronger sex. They are supposed to toughen up, fight and take on the role of a protector and be the breadwinner of the family. But why just the men? In the age and stage of equals, Women can put up a good fight, earn their own bucks. From sharing lives to centre stage, 21st century is about debunking stereotypes and accepting sharing. On the occasion of International Men’s Day, here are seven things men are tired of hearing:
All men are dogs
‘All men are the same,’ my best friend was quick enough to hand out a statement after a heart-breaking split. People have been so casual with their judgement that nobody even stops to think that maybe no. Men are not all the same! Have you met or talked or been with them all? Of course, not. Then what allows you to generalise?
Ye mardon ka kaam nahi hai
Women belong to the kitchen. Women should take care of the house and children. All these are notions of the long-gone past. In today’s time and age, men and women both can cook, raise kids and be a homemaker.
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Kya ladki ki tarah ro raha hai?
Emotions don’t make a man or woman any less stronger. Yes, men cry too. Stop expecting them to put on a mask or always be the tough nut to crack because honestly, it is none of your business.
Men are not always Mamma’s boys
Indian societies have this pre-conceived notion. If it’s a boy, he must be close to his mother and pampered to death. While there is nothing wrong in being a ‘Mama’s Boy,’ not all of them are. Some are their ‘Daddy’s boy’ too and proudly wear the badge. After all, it’s all about loving your family!
Mard khaana nahi banate
The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach they say. And some of the best chefs in the world are men. Then why are the culinary skills an exception to womankind only?
Kya ladki ki tarah sharma rahe ho?
Men and women, both love compliments. Chances are, the former is not used to getting them as often and might not know how to react. How is blushing a privilege of the few, though?
Tall, dark and handsome…
Yes, men get body-shamed too. Yes, they experience sexual harassment too. The notion of a perfect man is defined as the one who is ‘tall, dark and handsome.’ Targeted advertising has set false beauty standards for not just girls but boys too.
This International Men’s Day, make sure you bust all the above and more myths attached to mankind and make it a special day for all the men in your life. To all men in the universe, ‘Happy International Men’s Day’!
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