The Myth of “Real Men Don’t Cry”
In many eastern societies, once the boy is somehow old enough to express his feelings, the first thing that is said to him is that “men don’t cry”; suppressing his feelings, and planting in his mind the idea that being a man requires you to be stripped of all your feelings and to follow A specific pattern of acts that are described as masculine ones throughout your life.
And this cycle does not end at childhood but extends to control the future of men and their careers and how they face situations. We in Eastern societies love stereotypes and always generalize them, and do not accept the idea of gender equality, and this not only deprives some women of their professional freedom but applies to men as well.
Here are some professions that are considered a shame for masculinity in Eastern cultures
Ballet Dancer (Ballerino)
Women’s Hair Dresser
The stereotypes made about men in the mentioned jobs, and that look toward them which maybe Stem from the inherited customs and traditions which are passed on from generation to generation until our present time, can cause severe psychological harm to those men, that is why our culture should become more accepting of such non-traditional occupations for men, at the end of the day, not all men are supposed to become engineers, accountants, and doctors.
Who Said Men Should Not Do the Laundry?
In the same fashion as the shame of professions, there are always those who see that a man doing household chores is a disgrace to his manhood; a man should not do the laundry, wash the dishes, vacuuming the living, or even babysit his children; in other words, men have nothing to do with the kitchen (Or this is what some believe).
The reason behind these beliefs are also rooted in childhood; when a mom with 2 daughters and a son makes her son believe that he has to do nothing at home and whatever he wants, his sisters have to do it for him, the son became older and got married and these convictions persisted inside him.
The Media and the gender role gap
Gender roles have always been portrayed in the same way in many series and movies; the typical husband who never helps his wife, whose role is to bring money.
For God’s sake, are we really in 2021? thank you for the money, but could you please help your children with their studies for just a couple of hours!
“Yomyat Wanees” Egyptian Series, The Husband as It should be
Besides the greatness of this drama from all sides, and how all Egyptian families loved it in all its parts, this dramatic work reflected the image of the cooperative husband, who is destined for his wife and who works with her hand in hand in the house and in raising their children, the husband who prepares food happily wearing the cooking apron and He gladly prepares school sandwiches for his children.
Why is the lady always blamed for the messy house and not her man?
Sandy is a senior student in the Faculty of Mass Communication, she has known since day one that she wants to study media. Fashion is her passion; she finds herself in reading and she likes cooking for those who she loves. Nothing can stop her from smiling, and when she has to do something; it will be very well done.