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In the light of sexism stereotypically, women are often perceived as emotional and lack of strength, as for men they are seen as strong, emotionless, and more superior in than woman. Porter points out in his A Call to Men lecture that women are much different than men. According to the “Man Box”, which is a term used for characteristics that makes a man a man, the man box shows that men are stronger than women mentally, physically, and emotionally, which makes women inferior. The man box is sort of a code that gives men the satisfaction of objectivity and keeps them away from the “softer side”. This often leads to dangers of sexism, because it opens up a gateway for rape, abuse and inequality towards women. Statistics (RAINN) shows that 17.7% of women are victims of rape, also domestic abuse are mostly reported by women. It can happen to men, but you don’t hear many reports about it, and the statistics are not as equal as women.
The problem with sexism is that at a young age, boys are molded into acting like men; the minute they’re born they can’t show no emotions or express themselves in any kind of way. It’s always tough love. Porter gives a prime example using his kids, he has a son and daughter in which he displays that when there’s a conflict with his son, they talk man-to-man, but with his daughter it’s always okay for her to let out her emotions. Even around peers, boys are pressured into doing things that would make them automatically a man. Even when it comes to sex, men could have multiple sex partners, and he would be acknowledged as a man, but if it was a woman who had multiple sex partners, she would be labeled as a whore, or slut. Tony refers to a childhood memory, when he was told to have sex with a girl.
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