Today, just basically by chance, I came across a few things on the interwebs speaking to the subjects of men, friendship, suicide, and gender expectations. In my previous post I quoted Emma Watson, who spoke recently at the United Nations on the subject of gender. I love what she says at the end of her talk, where she specifies ways that men are harmed by gender norms and expectations, and how that harming harms all of us. Then, just now, I read a blog post on OnBeing, about how difficult it is for most men in western culture to form deep, lasting friendships with other men. She, the author of the post, even connects the scarcity of male friendships with the very high global suicide rate among young men. I'm sure there are many complex reasons for that high suicide rate, and I'm also sure that she's right, that gender demands are very high on the list of those reasons.
If you do read the blog post, I'd love to hear your thoughts on the matter.
My other recommended read of the day is an account of a man whose family emigrated to the States when he was a boy, and then as an adult man in his 30s with a family of his own he chose to return to Gaza to live. As far as I can tell, he still lives there.