The perception of the strong and brave man has well and truly been covered but just as there is more to being female than donning pretty dresses, there is more depth to what it means to be a man than wielding a sword and saving the day. Women are tearing up the rule books (and their bodices along with it) re-evaluating their roles in the narrative and it’s about time their male counterparts had a similar shake up. There are dreamers amongst the XY chromosomes whose voices are being stifled by the war cries of bravery. Dreamers and sensitive souls whose emotions make them anything but weak.
Dreamworks takes a good stab at things with the successful How to Train your Dragon franchise. Hiccup is most certainly the unlikely hero. Initially smaller and weaker than his peers, he uses his creativity and imagination to overcome his obstacles but he doesn’t exactly lack bravery and gumption (a trait boys are culturally told they must possess). Disney’s the Good Dinosaur does a better job at showing different layers of what it means to be male with its depiction of the cowardly dinosaur Arlo. Arlo overcomes trials and tribulations proving that even the sensitive and timid can find their own way to be brave but if the best representation we’ve got to show young boys is a dinosaur perhaps the formula needs a little tweaking.
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