Socio-civic organization Renaissance Youth Leaders Forum (RYLF) has been formed in Silliman University in the Philippines and its purpose is to bridge social, cultural, political, and economic divides and try to spark a positive change in the community.
The organization recently started a campaign against toxic masculinity named #FightTheStigma and #UNMUTE.
The message of the campaign says that both men and women suffer from toxic masculinity, and it happens to everyone – both online and in real life.
The organization shared a powerful series of posters to illustrate this point and show how society pressures men and distorts their relationship with the world around them and most importantly – with themselves.”
The organisation (RYLF) itself tweeted the following to explain the motives behind the campaign:
J4MB fully rejects their hypothesis. Toxic (aka hegemonic) masculinity is, as Martin Seager has suggested, not a scientific theory but rather a political fad. Not useful for exploring or explaining the behaviour or experiences of men and boys, at best. Given Seager’s finding that positive attitudes to masculinity provide a barrier against suicidality – potentially, fatally, harmful, at worst.
The campaign posters range from the utterly banal:
To utterly missing the point that MRAs have been making for decades: that when men ask for help they find a dearth of services at their disposal and too often dismissal, minimisation and ridicule:
To offensive and objectionable:
To truly troubling:
Can you imagine a meme depicting a wounded woman with a suggestion that she takes responsibility for her actions?
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