I've decided to use this space to write in a more freeform manner than I normally might, to use it to get out thoughts, views, opinions that I don't necessarily want to foist upon anyone, but that I'd like to get out. Venting maybe, praising probably, personal most likely, global, hopefully.
But I guess there's always some sort of hesitation to be really open, and hell - where do you even start? A rambling mess just trying to get to 100 words, knowing there's another 100 and I'm still not even at 100 - it's astonishing to see so visually the size of it.
Today gillette - yes the razor company - put out a moving two-minute advertisement that was more like a social rallying cry, and for the first time in a long while I wasn't totally annoyed or cynical about it. The spot is about toxic masculinity and doing better as men, it featured an emotionally wrenching mix of negativity and positivity as they modeled better behavior between friends and fathers & sons. It hit me really hard - this idea of toxic masculinity and finding ways to transform men by educating boys has been so forefront in my mind and I'm so incredibly happy to see it flourishing in our culture.
I'll probably write a lot more about toxic masculinity and other woes and thoughts, but I'll stop for today - I just needed to get these wheels turning.