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Artist’s Powerful Comics That Reveal Struggles Men Face In Daily Life But Are Too Afraid To Speak Out

The term ‘toxic masculinity’ is often misunderstood as ‘masculinity = toxicity’, which, in fact, is definitely not the case. ‘Toxic masculinity’ refers to some pretty negative attitudes perceived by society towards men. It can also be known as the gender stereotypes that are restricting males from doing what’s expected to belong to the other gender. “Men should be strong and hide their emotions”, “It’s better for a boy to perceive hobbies like playing sports rather than cooking or dancing”, “Men should never cry”, these thoughts are toxic! They sometimes can cause masculines to hurt themselves and other people.

As a person who painfully experienced the impact of ‘toxic masculinity’, artist Luke Humphris would like to do something to help people in the same situation as his. The Australian artist has created a mind-opening comic series that depicts the struggles men face in daily life but are too afraid to talk about. The comics are based on what Luke underwent in his childhood in a small village where the hyper-masculine culture discouraged guys from opening up their feelings and speaking out their problems. The artist grew up while being told “not to cry” and “not to take unmanly hobbies”. Entering adult life, Luke always had to deal with the pressure of “staying strong”, which led his brother to suicide. He eventually overcame the loss and moved to Toronto, Canada to refresh his life.

Through his comics, Luke is able to bring to people a correct perspective on ‘toxic masculinity’. He will certainly change your mind, too. Scroll down to see his illustrations and share this post if you agree with Luke Humphris. If you have any experience with ‘toxic masculinity’, don’t hesitate to share with us in the comment below.

#1. “We were told to not cry over the banged-up knees or hurt feelings. Hobbies that were perceived as feminines like cooking, dancing, and singing were met with a few laughs by family and friends. So we stop doing them.”

Source: Luke Humphris

#2. “Allowing yourself to be open with your vulnerabilities, emotions, and concerns is not a weakness.”

Source: Luke Humphris

#3. “Your feelings are valid.”

Source: Luke Humphris

#4. “No one offered help. It felt implied that it was my own ineptitude which let it happen.”

Source: Luke Humphris

#5. “Even at his age, dad was still encouraged to bury it. And that was toxic.”

Source: Luke Humphris

#6. “Left unattended, toxic masculinity can cause men to hurt themselves or others.”

Source: Luke Humphris

This is such a meaningful comic series that makes people slow down and think of how strict society is thinking about the male gender. Many people have shown their opinions about the issue as well as the mind-opening stories.

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