When boys are taught that they can’t “be like girls” it has the threefold effect. First, it alienates them from core aspects of themselves. Second, it portrays what is feminine as undesirable and inferior. Third, it forces boys into a “man box” from which emotions and empathy are excluded.
Image source and article: http://www.salon.com/2013/09/25/5_ways_america_tells_boys_not_to_be_girly/
What we need, instead, are more stories like this:
What I Won’t Tell You About My Ballet Dancing Son