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    Men Open Up About The Pressures Of Masculinity

    Aren’t we all just trying to be our dads?

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    We asked men to talk about how the societal perceptions of "masculinity" have affected them.

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    Identifying as a man can lead to feeling some weird pressures from society.

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    It's hard not to compare yourself with the celebrities, sports stars, and public figures that are touted as model men.

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    As a kid, some guys wanted to have a beard because that seemed "manly" to them.

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    In fact, there's a ton of stereotypes that people expect when they try to define "a man."

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    And there doesn't seem to be a lot of wiggle room in that definition of “manliness."

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    When you don't fit in the strict lines that society sets out for men, how do you figure out who you are?

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    Some men reported hurtful things that were said about them by others.

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    Being "a real man" doesn't necessarily mean being the provider.

    And some guys said that physical differences could make them feel less than, just because they were an individual.

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    But not all men are the same!

    Facing all that pressure kinda sucks.

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    In the end, it's powerful to reclaim your identity as what YOU define it to be.

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    We are all so hugely complicated, unique, multifaceted, and special -- why boil it down to something so small?

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