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These Twitter Users Are Clapping Back At Toxic Masculinity And It’s Glorious

The #MasculinitySoFragile hashtag is shutting down harmful stereotypes.

While much discussion surrounding gender equality focuses on issues affecting women, patriarchy hurts everyone -- including men.

Expectations that "real" men behave a certain way comprise what's known as "toxic masculinity." This refers to stereotypes that dudes aren't supposed to cry, show emotion or be "girly" -- in short, all the things guys can't do lest they want to risk threatening their precarious position as "real" men.

This is BS. Now, many people have turned to Twitter to share their personal experiences with toxic masculinity, using the hashtag #MasculinitySoFragile. The tweets are about everything from street harassment to the absurdity of gendered products like "men's deodorant," because OMG WHAT IF A DUDE TOUCHES A DEODORANT THAT'S NOT MADE FOR MEN?

Together, they show the world that toxic masculinity isn't just harmful -- it's also f--king ridiculous.

The hashtag is not about attacking men, but rather pointing out how confining men to a narrow list of things they "should" be hurts all genders.

Toxic masculinity can silence male victims of sexual assault, for example. According to the Rape, Abuse And Incest National Network (RAINN), "Men and boys who have been sexually assaulted or abused may have many of the same feelings and reactions as other survivors of sexual assault, but they may also face some additional challenges because of social attitudes and stereotypes about men and masculinity."

The hashtag is also being used to draw attention to needlessly gendered products, whose labeling appears to protect them against associating too closely with anything feminine (and, as such, damaging their "fragile" masculinity.)

While something like "men's tea" may seem like a minor gripe, the attitude behind needing more "macho" products for men is part of the exact same system that underpins much harassment and assault.

Take street harassment. In a 2014 national survey by the nonprofit organization Stop Street Harassment, "65% of women reported experiencing at least one type of street harassment in their lifetimes." This can range from catcalling to physical assault, and while all genders are affected by street harassment, the survey found that "men are overwhelmingly the harassers of both women and men."

Despite its often sexual overtones, street harassment (or harassment in bars, or on dating websites -- as evidenced by the popular Instagram account Bye Felipe) is really all about power -- in particular, asserting a specifically toxic idea of masculinity.

Overall, the hashtag seeks to chip away at toxic masculinity by pointing out that, harmful though it may be, it is ultimately nothing but a social construct that we can all fight against.