Growing up can be a pain

Girls today are told that they can do anything, be anyone. They’ve absorbed the message: They’re outperforming boys in school at every level. But it isn’t just about performance. To be a girl today is to be the beneficiary of decades of conversation about the complexities of womanhood, its many forms and expressions.

Boys, though, have been left behind. No commensurate movement has emerged to help them navigate toward a full expression of their gender. It’s no longer enough to “be a man” — we no longer even know what that means.

You’re not a man until you come of age.

Poor kid just learned the hardest part about being a man.

Who’s protecting us from harm? Is there anyone around, that we can trust? So we search for answers to our questions, no answers but we are taught a lesson every time, every time...

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