I wonder how many male readers I have. I certainly have very few male commenters.
Suzanne wrote a column on sexism and misogyny over at BlogHer and that, on top of last night's viewing of SuperBad, started me thinking about what it is to be a man.
When we talk about sexism, it is usually from a female perspective, but my belief is that a sexist system oppresses all people, not just women. Men aren't free to act how they want because to not "be a man" at all times garners them just as much scorn and consequence as a woman who doesn't know her place.
We were joking the other day at work and offered Matt $250 to walk into his gym wearing a headband á la Jane Fonda, midriff top and Daisy Dukes. We were all laughing and I know Matt could use the money, but he refused and I don't even have to tell you why because you already know.
I have 5 questions for the men out there. If you aren't male, perhaps you could ask a man in your life or weigh in with your own opinion on how sexism affects men.
1. What do you like about being a man?
2. What don't you like?
3. How do you feel about being a man in our culture?
4. If you could magically make one thing better for men, what would it be?
5. What would you like women to know about being a man that you think they might be unaware of?
Thanks in advance for participating.