Ok, let's spread positivity. Tell me something you love about The 100 (not related to ships)
Wow. I love so many things about this show. Mmmm….I’m gonna say something that isn’t very acknowledged or discussed, I think.
On this show men are emotional, and more importantly, they are allowed to show their emotions. (you can be sensitive and hide it)
Men have been taught to keep their emotions to themselves. Their emotions have to be suppressed. They’re men. Did you ever listen “Don’t cry. Don’t complain. Don’t be weak. Be a man”??
Men can’t cry. Why? because crying is synonymous with weakness and women are the ones who are weak, crying is a woman’s thing.
On tv it’s also more likely to see a close friendship between women than between men. You can see women being supportive to each other, hugging, being touchy and physically affectionate with each other. It’s not often you see men acting like that.
With that said, the male characters on The 100 break down this trope of toxic masculinity.
They show their feelings for each other (x)
They show their fears and weaknesses (x)
They break down and cry (x)
They are vulnerable
They aren’t ashamed to show their emotions
I really love that this show normalizes the idea that men can openly express emotions. That’s healthy. It’s okay to cry and tell people how you feel. No matter if you’re a man or a woman.
Men who cry are seen as weak because this is considered an inherently feminine trait and writing male characters who are not scared of crying can change this view.
These characters break down sexual stereotypes and the way they’re portrayed encourages gender equality.