“Man Up, Don’t Cry”: Hypermasculinity and Its Pervasive Affect on Black Men

“Man Up, Don’t Cry”: Hypermasculinity and Its Pervasive Affect on Black Men

When we talk about gender equality or gender oppression, generally we think of the female experience and rarely do we address nor consider the male experience. When we think of hypermasculinity and the patriarchal narrative that exists in our society, we don't think that it could negatively affect the men that are subject to it [...]

New Year, New You? + 2016 in Review

New Year, New You? + 2016 in Review

Happy New Year! It's "snowing" somewhere in North Carolina right now, so I have decided to welcome the new year with a celebratory blog post. So, kick off your shoes, grab some tea or hot chocolate and enjoy! So, just about every New Year we hear ourselves repeating the "New Year, New Me" mantra and making many, [...]

Worth, Self-Love, and Self-Deprecation

Worth, Self-Love, and Self-Deprecation

Self-love was not something that I had found until just a few months ago and it was truly an uphill battle to finally get there. Throughout the majority of my life I was always constantly reminded that I was unattractive, or not thin enough, or that my skin wasn't light enough, or that I was"pretty, for [...]