This is a subject that doesn't get enough attention or discussion, partially because traditional gender roles are being questioned and expanded. And this is a good thing--we're finally at a point in history where what it means to be a man. a woman, transgender or gender fluid is being redefined and better understood.
But there's one unfortunate byproduct of this gender evolution--in reaction to centuries of brutally repressive gender codes, traditionally masculine traits and behaviors are being devalued and even demonized. We're more accepting than ever before about non-truadional gender expression, but the pendulum is swinging towards an extreme opposite position where guys who are naturally masculine and interested in traditionally masculine pursuits are too often viewed as neanderthals, old-fashioned, lug heads, or closeted.
I've been reading articles like this one which makes a great case for why rough play is a healthy form of expression and socialization. Some from the Good Men Project point out that rough play teaches kids about ethics, the difference between right and wrong, and how to develop appropriate social skills and boundaries.
I'm curious to hear what other people think about this. Feel free to reply below.
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