Toxic masculinity

In Portland, last September, I met the poet Noah Schultz. His impressive performance affected me deeply. Embedded in a panel presentation on mass incarceration in the US, with incredible and embarrassing numbers regarding the American justice system, he gave the audience an impression of the inner perspective. Gang life and crimes he committed made him end up in prison. He learned to take full responsibility for what he did. In prison he became interested in education, graduated from high school, from college, and from university. He is now an entrepreneur. In a personal meeting he appeared a warm and vulnerable person too. What I learned from him is the impact of imageries on people’s lives (next to a lot of other things, of course). The way our culture (i.e. we) imagines masculinity clearly worked out toxic for him.

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