On how ‘masculine’ values wreck individuals

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“ In most western settings, including prisons, it’s traditional masculinity that is dominant. Aggression, hardness, physical power and emotional reticence – not love and compassion – are the qualities most highly valued. These values are intimately connected to, and manifest in, power and systems of domination – governmental, financial, military and domestic – by which a small number of men secure the natural and economic resources of the planet for themselves, and protect their privilege by any and all means, including imprisonment, slavery and force of arms. Many men who are raised to believe in these values, but who are denied access to the rewards such values supposedly offer, – and who live without encountering alternative narratives – are angry, depressed, violent and destructive ”

Howard Cunnell, ‘Power and violence don’t have to define men. Peace can too’, The Guardian

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