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Man Up (Caribbean Blue)

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"So, what is it about the phrase "man up" that is so damaging?

The phrase itself is not particularly detrimental to man's self-esteem and confidence. Instead, it is the connotations of hyper-masculinity that unavoidably accompany it. Say "man" and the first thoughts you'll conjure up will be of action heroes – muscle-bound, tall, handsome stock characters with a fondness for fighting and a way with women. This stereotypical "box", as Siebel Newsom describes it, flashes into every man's mind when they are instructed to "man up". And even if we are just slightly outside of this box, insecurities begin to manifest themselves.

Such a feeling of insecurity and shame causes men to curl in on ourselves, contorting our personalities until we can squeeze ourselves into the box, the stereotype. In our vain pursuit of this hyper-masculine ideal, we effectively disconnect from who we really are.

From childhood, the media shows us what men should be. By the age of five or six we are conditioned to believe that it is not acceptable to cry. And throughout the unforgiving battlefield that is youth, we desperately fight to establish a respected, 'manly' place in a string of dominant and unjust playground hierarchies. At these young ages, we're taught the crucially misguided associations that 'being a man' is synonymous with power, wealth and athletic prowess.

These phrases, uttered by parents, coaches and colleagues throughout our lives, grab us when we try to escape the 'man box' and throw us right back in. Generations of men have grown up suppressing their emotions, and their lives suffer as a result. Abuse of alcohol, drugs, sex and gambling can be seen at a much higher percentage in men than women; possibly because the macho-psyche has to resort to substance abuse and overcompensation to truly express himself.

Society's confusing rules about which emotions are acceptable for men to display are established in our youths, but make no mistake: the problem pervades all ages. Emotional sensitivity is rigorously socialised out of young boys, and never allowed to sneak back in."

Design by Shay Cochran of Salty Paper


Garment details and fit:

Each tee is screen printed by hand on Kavio short sleeve jersey tees. These tees are cozy, comfortable and your little one will be ready to change the world in their new favorite tee. We find that these tees run true to size but whenever in doubt we suggest sizing up for longer wear. Tees are a modern, slim fit and are made with a super soft ring-spun combed cotton blend ( Jersey 30/1, 60% cotton 40% polyester). 

Care Instructions: 

Turn garment inside out and machine wash with cold water, no bleach, and tumble dry low. If iron is needed be sure to to turn shirt inside out prior to ironing. 

Garment is not intended for sleep wear. 

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