I think I met one of the (cutest (ɔ◔‿◔)ɔ ♥) most talented and insightful artists this week with Toxic Masculinity‘s Gabriel Garcia.
His works are his way of telling the world, especially the men, that masculinity should not be as deemed as that powerful as it is now or before in other periods of time, because they mess up, they have problems, they are expected to act a certain way. As I and other colleagues were asking Garcia why choose this topic for his art (especially when he is a male too) he says that just because “we [men] are men does not mean we don’t get put down or have pressure. We have the same struggles as women do.” ᕙ(`▿´)ᕗ
For example, I really like the two right here:
The first, “Don’t Be A Pussy”, to me- represents the judgements of men to other men. To be a man, you can not be a “pussy” or can not act like you’re weak. Garcia wants people to recognize that this does go on throughout manhood to not be judged as a “pussy”. (╥﹏╥) The second is the imperfection of man. On scientific terms, men are more than likely to commit to violent acts than women because of their Y chromosomes. The Y chromosome has mRNA coding that produces more pheromones, hormones that are responsible for violence and sexual tension. Because of this, men usually commit to domestic violence, showing the imperfection of man. (͠≖ ͜ʖ͠≖)👌