Tough Enough

I had a dialogue about Toxic Masculinity with a Tim Gittings, a reader of this blog, and he was generous enough to submit this blog entry:

Tough Enough
by Tim Gittings

I come from a long line of settler-colonialists. I am a child of the American West. It doesn’t matter that I actually spent the vast majority of my life in the Midwest, I was shaped by those wide-open spaces, those rugged, individualistic values, that weathered sense of masculine strength and resolve. Toughness is the cardinal value of my upbringing. My parents tried their hippy best to give me more nuance but my grandmother’s taciturn sharpness and gun-locker closet were always a match for that soft pull. Continue reading “Tough Enough”