Oscar-nominated actress Jessica Chastain recently took to Twitter to voice her displeasure and highlight the intrinsic issues with a very dated and archaic concept.
The red-haired beauty has been in the entertainment industry for quite some time and has become one of the most skilled and highly revered actresses in the business.
One thing that’s always been the case with Chastain is that she is outspoken and upfront about the many issues that are present in Hollywood and our broader society.
An avid voice for representation, equity, and justice, she has spoken out against, and in favor of, some significant issues.
Chastain posted a tweet regarding the traditional way many treat young boys and men in regards to their emotions.
Can we please eliminate the phrase, "Stop crying. Be a man"?
The old fashioned stereotype doesnt work. Let's cherish the vulnerabilities of men. Their lives depend on it.
121 Americans die by suicide each day, according to the Centers for Disease Control — and 93 of them are men.
— Jessica Chastain (@jes_chastain) April 29, 2018
Chastain is calling out this problematic way of thinking and mismanagement of male emotions because she understands the harmful and disastrous effects it has.
Not only does it prevent men from understanding and adequately dealing with a wide range of emotions, including sadness, longing, and fear, it endangers their emotional and physical safety.
Another effect of these gender-based assumptions and prescriptions is that women’s lives often depend on the ability for men to better regulate and process their emotions.
So often maleness, or the traditional model of being a man, is displayed via brute strength and aggression. The only male emotion that seems to be universally acknowledged is often anger.
An angry man is something that many have seen in countless ways a number of times.
This directly impacts the women and children in their lives. This intrinsically influences the domestic violence and homicide rate.
Chastain is making the point that men should be taught from an early age to deal with and process their emotions healthily.
Telling a young boy not to cry only gives him a complex and causes him to bottle up his emotions as a result unnecessarily. This bottling of emotions leads to pain and hurt that is only further compounded.
There are many catastrophic experiences that could be curbed or prevented if societal customs allowed men to experience the wide range of human emotions.