Becky, thanks for reading and responding.

I’m agreeing with you, if I’m understanding your message accurately.

Yes, men are trapped in a “cultural prison,” which was the point I was making with this piece. “Pussification” is sort of an umbrella term encompassing many offshoots of other “feminine” words & phrases used to denigrate others, but mostly men. These labels are used when we exhibit stereotypical “feminine” expression through mannerisms, behaviors, language, vocal inflection, etc., and they are meant to punish people — but especially men — for not conforming to the American cultural expectations of what it means to be a “masculine” man.

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