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The Vermont Connection

Abstract

Men are raised and groomed by a culture that rewards them for “acting like men.” Central to this notion is a lack of emotional literacy and expression. Gender stereotypes lead to a lack of safety and security as boys and men seek to question these unspoken expectations. This paper examines: (a) the gender-norm driven culture in which young boys and men are raised, (b) father-son and mother-son relationships, and (c) the social consequences for boys and the greater society. Finally, this account will provide some initial suggestions for creating a more emotionally inclusive educational experience for boys and men.