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Some young men feel blamed and isolated. What’s causing it?



When certain men perceive their concept of manhood to be under scrutiny, how much importance should we grant to their expressions of dissatisfaction?

The American Psychological Association (APA) published groundbreaking guidelines acknowledging that constricted notions of masculinity can inflict genuine harm upon men, resulting in issues like depression, suicide, substance abuse, and more.

Following this, Gillette launched a significant advertising campaign, asking men to introspect, “Is this the best we can be?”

This campaign illuminated the harmful implications of distorted perceptions of manhood, which manifest in behaviors like bullying and harassment, and their harmful impact on those around us.

Can we even ask the question?

Since the launch of the campaign, it has garnered over 1.4 million dislikes compared to 760,000 likes, underlining the polarising nature of its message. A typical comment reads: “So tired of the man-bashing. You’re criticizing me, my father, my son, my brothers. Farewell, Gillette.”

Over the past year, numerous men have felt their masculinity being challenged, partly due to the widespread use of the term “toxic masculinity.”

For many, this phrase has become synonymous with a single term: “toxicmasculinity.” In 2018, “toxic” was even designated Oxford’s Word of the Year.

Men are facing public calls to reassess their behavior, and this isn’t sitting well with everyone.

Women have long understood that men adhering to “traditional masculinity” or embodying aspects of “toxic masculinity” can lead to adverse effects on their health and well-being. Women have directly experienced this in workplaces through harassment, as well as in domestic settings through violence from male partners.

Acknowledging the harm caused by numerous men to countless women doesn’t equate to “male-bashing.” It’s a reflection of a terrible reality.

The good news

A study conducted in collaboration with Unilever’s Axe brand revealed that most young American men reject the acceptability of harassment against women.

The ongoing #MeToo movement has prompted discussions on a broad scale, leaving both women and men pondering the next steps and whether true change will occur. While some men have engaged in introspection, defensiveness and fear have been evident in others. Unfortunately, many men called out for their actions haven’t been held accountable.

True equality remains a distant goal globally, with an estimated 200 years needed at the current rate of change.

The WFH impact

As the COVID-19 pandemic forced office closures and ushered in the era of remote work, many individuals found themselves excelling in this new environment, particularly those with introverted personalities.

But this also pushed a lot of young men underground into gaming and away from people they can truly express their feelings.

Andrew Tate

Controversial figure Andrew Tate, known for his divisive presence on social media,  is currently facing investigation in connection with sex trafficking charges, vehemently denying any involvement.

Despite being removed from platforms like TikTok, YouTube, and Instagram due to reasons including hate speech, Tate is allegedly still managing to connect with young males through the accounts of his devoted followers.

Tate, who openly identifies as a misogynist, shares what he refers to as “wisdom” that often perpetuates harmful ideas, such as claiming women are inherently indolent, suggesting that rape victims share some blame, and even viewing women as possessions.

Before his bans, Tate had amassed nearly 5 million followers on Instagram, and his YouTube videos have been watched over 7 million times. This situation raises concerns among teachers and parents who worry that a significant portion of his audience consists of minors, predominantly boys, some as young as 12.

Why is this the case?

The explanation could lie in the fact that boys have been left without adequate support.

What can be done?

While the focus on promoting the progress of girls and women is justifiable and important in recent decades, we’ve inadvertently overlooked evident signals that something isn’t right among boys.

Across educational, economic, and health benchmarks, they’ve progressively lagged behind their female counterparts.

It is the responsibility of parents, partners, and society at large to engage in conversations about the challenges faced by young men and boys, and work collaboratively to understand the root causes of their struggles.


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YouTuber Trevor Jacob behind bars for plane crash stunt



YouTuber Trevor Jacob has been sentenced to jail after orchestrating a dangerous stunt involving a plane crash in a reckless bid for views.

The shocking incident unfolded as Jacob attempted to push the boundaries of extreme content creation on his YouTube channel.

In a bid to capture the attention of his audience, Jacob embarked on a perilous mission, piloting a small plane before deliberately crashing it. The stunt, which was filmed and uploaded to his channel, garnered immediate backlash from viewers, many of whom decried the reckless behavior as dangerous and irresponsible.

Authorities swiftly intervened, launching an investigation into Jacob’s actions. Following the investigation, he was arrested and subsequently sentenced to a prison term.

The incident has raised important questions about the ethics of content creation, the pursuit of internet fame, and the potential legal consequences for those who prioritize views over safety.


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Russian women want their men back from Ukraine



In a heartfelt plea, Russian women have taken to the streets demanding the safe return of their loved ones from the Ukrainian front.

The conflict in Ukraine has stretched on for years, and the toll on families has been immense. Mothers, wives, sisters, and daughters are uniting to call for an end to the fighting and the return of their men.

The women, often referred to as the “mothers of the front,” are growing increasingly frustrated with the ongoing conflict. They argue that their husbands, sons, and brothers have been away for far too long, and the human cost of the war is simply too high.

With no clear resolution in sight, their calls for peace and reconciliation are becoming more urgent.

This grassroots movement has sparked a national conversation in Russia, with many questioning the government’s handling of the conflict.

While the official stance has been to support the separatist forces in Ukraine, these women are highlighting the personal tragedies and broken families left in the wake of the war. Their determination to bring their loved ones home is palpable.

The situation raises important questions about the impact of long-term conflicts on families, the role of women in peace movements, the government’s response to public sentiment, and the prospects for a peaceful resolution in the ongoing Ukraine conflict.

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Is a long commute a reason to quit?



Workers reconsider roles due to lengthy travel times

A surge in resignations is hitting the job market as employees reevaluate the impact of long commutes on their work-life balance. The trend, intensified by the rise of remote work during the pandemic, sees a growing number of professionals opting to quit rather than endure extended travel times.

A recent survey conducted among commuters revealed that 68% of participants identified their daily journeys as a major source of stress. The findings suggest a paradigm shift in the traditional understanding of commuting as an inherent aspect of employment.

Employers are now grappling with the challenge of retaining talent as dissatisfaction with lengthy commutes becomes a catalyst for resignations. The implications extend beyond individual decisions, impacting productivity and overall workforce dynamics.

The phenomenon underscores the need for businesses to reassess their remote work policies and invest in solutions that alleviate the burden of commuting. As the job market adapts to evolving expectations, companies that fail to address the commute conundrum risk losing valuable contributors.

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