I have recently been reading about the high statistics of depression and risk in men. This got me pondering further. Are our genders that cosmetically different and is it really the theory ‘men are from mars, women are from venus’ that lead us? OR is it simply that conditioning and learnt behaviour has impacted so deeply on our society that men ‘fear’ being seen as emotional beings?
The gender portrayal of opposite sex leads us to believe that women are emotional and are ‘allowed’ to cry… whilst men are the ‘hunters’ and should protect us women folk. The big issue I have here is that regardless of roles in the family dynamics, we are all still simply human beings and I’m pretty damn sure, we each were developed with a psyche, and experience the same turbulence of emotions.
So is this fair on our men folk? The expectations are kept so high that they are expected to be absent of poor mental health and suffering?
Yet us women can continue to cry freely.
I look at the children I work with and even at their young age, the gender divide is clear. What are we teaching the younger generation if we are clearly already failing?
Mental health affects everyone. This is regardless of gender. A strong (wo)man is the person who can admit defeat and then continue to conquer.
Let’s stop this ignorant thinking and make us all as one.
The mind of a deep thinker…or complete rubbish…it is all down to interpretation and perception…