|Via Kate Bellm|
Before I get started, I'm giving everybody a trigger warning, as I'll be mentioning suicide, self-harm, and depression in this post.
I went to theatre school. I took two semesters of ballet. I'm the 'sissy' in my family. I cry with pretty great regularity. It's not entirely accurate to equate me with manliness. I stand for my principals and I work hard and I have good manners, but machismo is a double-sided coin. A lot of people think it requires behavior that can quickly veer into misogyny and things I consider indecent. We've been sold this weird John Wayne mentality that fistfights and violence are vital to being a man. I'd rather hug than punch. Crying at something that moves you to joy or sadness is just as 'manly' as chopping down a tree or punching out a bad guy ... If you live your life openly with your emotions, that's a more manly stance than burying them.I highly recommend reading the entire interview, as it has classic Offerman wit and charm, but this quote in particular is so fucking important.
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