Excellent, thought provoking discussion about how perpetuating this (and other toxic masculinity beliefs/thoughts) can leave boys on the sidelines, promote unfair and untrue gender beliefs/biases, and ultimately contribute to rape culture. Michelle has a wonderful AuthorTube channel. I recommend everyone to check her out.
I volunteered to read this book for work, to better myself and to learn more about biases and how humans think (often erroneously) and why. I found the book very illuminating and a helpful tool to become more aware of my thoughts and mindbugs–a term used frequently in the book. There are also several IATs (Implicit Association Tests) you can take in the book, or online.
I included a presentation from one of the authors and researchers below (Dr. Mahzarin Banaji; the other is Dr. Anthony (Tony) Greenwald.) Stick it out until the end; she ends on a hopeful note. And there’s some witty humor throughout.
Do not become rootbound in your life; do not conform to one pot and cease growing. This is a very sad waste of human potential and a paved road for bigotry. Those with power (of whatever kinds and varieties) use this to control people and persuade through manipulation. It’s a tale as old as time. And I am heartily weary of it, in my country and worldwide.
Dr. Banaji’s work will help break your pot and put you into a slightly bigger one where you can continue to learn and grow. This is my continued life goal, and has been. Like the researcher says at the end, there is great hope to change our biases, to truly allow people to flourish and live freely.
Take care and happy writing. ✏️
*If you do take the online test (s), please DO NOT share your results below. These are for your own use and should be taken in context of the book and larger body of research. I will be monitoring comments closely as well.