Non-Toxic Masculinity

Amanda Eller, rescued from the jungles of Maui

I’m hearing a lot about “toxic masculinity” recently . . . in fact I rarely hear anyone talk about masculinity without the word “toxic” in front of it.

But I’ve noticed that when people get themselves into life-threatening situations — lost in the jungle, trapped in a cave, etc. — the volunteers who show up to attempt a rescue are always men.

I remember one guy died in the Thailand cave rescue. A volunteer — he didn’t even have to be there.

So I’d like to recognize non-toxic masculinity — bravery, strength, compassion — that gets things done in the world that women can’t or won’t do.

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