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Twitter Hashtag #FailingMasculinity Shows Lasting Impact Of Masculine Stereotypes

How does telling your child to “just man up” or that “boys don’t cry” affect them in the long-term? A recent Twitter hashtag revealed the potential lasting impact the expectations of masculinity can have on kids. Users took part in the hashtag #FailingMasculinity by sharing their own childhood stories of when they felt like failures for not being able to live up to a certain manly standard. So how do these stereotypes manifest when parenting? And what are the potential lasting effects? James Michaels Nichols, deputy editor for Huffington Post Queer Voices and initiator of the Failing Masculinity hashtag, joins the Morning Shift.

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