4. SHOWING EMOTIONS
Q: “Why do you think it’s not okay to show ‘weak’ feelings/emotions? Where does that pressure come from?”
A: “We’re taught quite explicitly by virtually everyone around us our entire lives.
Quit crying like a little girl. Quit pouting. I didn’t know you had a vagina. Pick your lip up. Toughen up. Don’t be a pussy. Man up. Quit being a little bitch. Oh princess, are you okay? Do you need a tissue?
The obvious extension of this is that women (or anyone who shows any emotion besides righteous fury) are weak.
This comes in equal parts from men AND women in our lives, and then especially from our own peer groups (who are enforcing what they are also being taught).”