I think I’ll be sticking with Toxic Masculinity.

Make. It. Stop.

It’s like we have to keep looking for ways to make ourselves throw up in our mouths.  I think it started with the Kardashians and then Joy Behar.  Or was it the other way around?

Now this!  The Philadelphia Inquirer tells us a “Men’s cuddling group aims to redefine masculinity and heal trauma.”  You know, when victimhood becomes the top rung on the social ladder, nobody wants to get over anything.

The group’s slogan is “Trauma rhymes with drama.”  Or something like that.

And just so you can spend the rest of your day trying to un-see something, here are the poster children:

The group was started by Scott (real name Todd?) Turner a couple of years ago.  Turner is a 46 year old interior designer (hey, but who’s profiling) who opines that “If you show any emotional weakness or vulnerability, that’s a failure to your title of a man.”  (That’s not true, Scotty, but your man card is officially revoked anyway.)

He went on to say, “if we expect men to be emotionally sensitive to the needs of others, they first need to be able to build an emotional vocabulary.”   (I’ve got some vocabulary for you Todd or Scott or whatever your dancing name is, but for the sake of keeping this PG, who about ‘Get over it!’)

Finally, Turner points out that “physical touch extends beyond aggression or sex. Platonic affection can be a doorway to emotional closeness. It’s not the ends of what we’re doing,” Turner said. “It’s part of a larger toolbox of healing.”  (Did he just use “doorway”, “ends”, and “toolbox” in the same sentence?)

Since we’re all being all accepting and enlightened and all, can I break out of other people’s pre-conceived notions of my gender stereotype . . . and join the women’s cuddle group?


H/T to M. Janocik