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‘Both sexes deserve empowerment.’

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"Having uplifting motives for both sexes to heal from sadness and rid self-hatred would force people to be more considerate of one another’s feelings."

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"Having uplifting motives for both sexes to heal from sadness and rid self-hatred would force people to be more considerate of one another’s feelings."

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Women empowerment movements have spread vastly throughout the world, and celebrity support for this topic attracts more women to join the conversation. For example, not only does Beyonce make music directly empowering women, but she also supports a campaign called “Freedom For Girls.”

Women who suffer from traumatic situations involving abuse, sexual harassment and/or bullying often fall into deep depression. Topics like misogyny and sexism in the workplace lead to movements of female empowerment. Events including marches for women have such a remarkable widespread impact, while men do not receive as much of this attention and support.

While women constantly change their appearances to receive praise from others, men keep up with their physical appearances as well. They make sure to keep up with society’s standard of beauty, but they don’t receive any recognition or praise. Men face pressure from parents and coaches to be more masculine while growing up. Women seek men to be more into sports, be masculine, and have the ideal body most men have in the media.

An effort made to support men undergoing cosmetic surgery to please a partner would help spread the understanding that men undergo surgery to have body refinement; examples of these surgeries include making their bodies look more defined in abs and botox to make their jawlines stand out more.

Males aren’t pressured to change anything besides exercising more or looking better than the average joe. The drastic changes men make are the same changes women make to be accepted in society. Men will feel unappreciated and feel as though they have no support or anyone they can turn to.

Men and women aren’t different at all when it comes to the basics in life; they share identical heartaches and have similar feelings of loneliness. Similar to women, men have to go through rejection and figure a way to get over it; the only difference is that men do not have a nationwide support system like women to help them conquer their feelings. Men have reputations to be seen as tough and not weak. However, women often look past this part of a man’s emotions, but men cry too. Women tend to be more open with their emotions than men.

Girls aren’t the only ones who go through puberty and the awkward stages of life, guys go through it too. It’s OK to have an empowerment for men too because it’ll help the esteem of both genders; maybe humans can have a mutual understanding that both genders need support from each other because most will listen to the opposite sex anyway.

Both sexes deserve empowerment. It’s not only women who feel insecure about themselves or deal with demons alone. Men struggle the same as women; having uplifting motives for both sexes to heal from sadness and rid self-hatred would force people to be more considerate of one another’s feelings. An empowerment for both sexes offers more unity to understand each other as a whole or individually, man or woman.

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