Twitter In Uproar Over Artist Depicting Black Men In Black Women’s Roles
The battle of the sexes conversations usually revolve around the question “who has it easier, men or women?”
While most people could agree that both men and women carry the weight of the world differently, there is one thing that sets us a part–childbirth.
One Twitter user @yommie_scream reposted photos from @penciledcelebrities that depicted pregnant men, men giving birth, and men breastfeeding.
Surely the intent of the post was just allow men to see themselves in a woman’s position to elicit more empathy and understanding, but the message was misconstrued and attacked by Twitter users. Oh toxic masculinity.
The reactions from the fragile masculinity corner were loaded, to say the least.
Yomi used his virality to plug his real purpose: an Instagram page dedicated to birth and motherhood.
Unfortunately angry trolls went to his IG page and reported it. The page is now disabled.
It’s unfortunate that the men and women in the comment section were so triggered by the image that they lost its original purpose. All art serves as either a reflection of real life or makes a statement. The bigger social commentary to take from this moment, is that if something in you viscerally reacts to this image, maybe it’s worth exploring. Our understanding of gender is expanding and finally catching up to the reality of the world. There are no more “traditional” roles, but more people are stepping up to define masculinity and femininity as they understand it, no longer clinging to limited binary definitions of gender. This expansion does not threaten the status quo, it just finally opens up our perceptions so we can understand there are black, white and grey areas–and everyone has a right to live in that space however they please.
What do you think of the images?