A short letter to my teenage self about peer pressure, masculinity, body positivity, sexuality and growing up as boys in modern India.
The male survivors of child sexual abuse rarely report their abuse or seek professional help as they are often bogged down by the culture of toxic masculinity.
When a father does invest in his child, we fawn over him and call his wife 'lucky', when in fact, it should just be 'normal'. Why is fatherhood devoid o domestic and childcare responsibilities?
As a response to the #MeTooIndia, we are witnessing the rise of #MenToo, aimed at protecting men from false sexual misconduct accusations.
Mansplaining is most visible in the workplace, classrooms and gymnasiums. Women are mansplained in order to make them feel incompetent, in comparison to men.
Machismo in politics has been present long before politicians started using chest measurements and other such shows of strength to spread their propaganda.
This is an interview of Merlin Heintzman Hope, a young father and an upcoming artist on paternity, masculinity, fatherhood and who performs and makes art with his son, Gael.