he’s a hockey player and hockey culture can be a cesspool of toxic masculinity bullshit and he’s absorbed a lot of it, he’s working on it
but he does and says a lot of things that get bros side-eyeing him
he’s captain of the vegas team and he’s got a calder and led a team to the stanley cup in his first few years in the NHL, so people let a lot slide. they laugh it all off as ~antics~ from that one hockey guy, but no.
kent “fuck the gender binary” parson is dead serious
the photo of lardo and kent saying that kent got beat in flip cup circulates around the locker room, and everyone tries to laugh at kent for being beat by a college girl. kent says fuck yeah he did, that college girls are badasses. he says lardo could drink them all under the table, too.
kent thinks it’s the weirdest fucking thing that people seem to think that liking things that smell nice is inherently feminine. are boys supposed to want their lockers to smell like toxic waste? fuck that. kent likes candles that make his place smell good. kent likes lush products a little too much for an ordinary person’s budget. kent spends enough of his time smelling like sweaty hockey boy out on the ice. he’s gonna buy some fucking shampoo that’s good for his hair and smells like fucking flowers.
kent definitely claims picking playlists for practice days out on the ice as captain’s privilege. and he does not have any tolerance for people complaining about his bubblegum pop, calling it girly shit. he’s chill with people not liking the music out of personal preference (though he thinks they’re wrong), but the second they act like that pop music has any less value than hipster music or dad rock because it’s ~girly shit~, he’ll throw down. he unabashedly loves britney spears. they’re in vegas and she’s a fucking legend, how should toxic not be on the practice playlist?
kent loves doing charity work with kids, and he makes a concerted effort to work with and donate to community programs for youth girl’s hockey teams and youth co-ed hockey teams. he knows that women in hockey face a lot of bullshit that the dudes don’t, and he takes every opportunity he can to support women’s programs and to call shit out on twitter.
kent is the captain, and he knows everyone expects him to be stoic and tough, but that’s just not his style. kent knows he’s fighting a losing battle, and that he’s not even always so great at it himself, but he tries to make his locker room a place where dudes can have emotions and express them in a healthy way. he doesn’t buy that ‘dudes are supposed to be tough and never cry’ bullshit. he cries a fucking lot, and he doesn’t hide that. as someone who has experienced how much not dealing with emotions can fuck a person up, he isn’t gonna promote that shit in his locker room. and he definitely is gonna call it out when someone tries to act like being a human being with emotions that aren’t just ‘chill’ and ‘hockey-induced rage’ is somehow not masculine.
kent parson does not subscribe to gender binary bullshit, and he is not fucking around