How did this start? We have been talking about toxic masculinity for a while now, and thanks to the efforts of so many, we have revealed the (not-so) invisible code that boxes in boys and tells them how to be a man. I think we need to break that box, for the benefit of humanity as a whole. Also, I share a responsibility to confront injustice and inequity in society. As a learner and teacher, I believe we can invest in a brighter future through quality education. That's why our profits support educational equity and also make GoodMenders accessible to all. Developing moral masculinity is where this all began, but the BCB mentality can be a tool for people to break other stereotypes, all of those isms that box us in and maintain systems of oppression. I hope you will join us in building better culture. -NFN
What does BCB mean?
Many of us have heard of the man box or the boy code. To realize the toxic state of masculinity, we need an awareness of the box. However, if we only acknowledge the existence of the box, we do little to disrupt the negative effects of gender stereotypes and power structures on our society, while continually telling young boys that society makes them bad. As a result, we can unintentionally shame them, put them on the defensive, and make them less likely to learn a different way. So, why don't we break the box and move on already?