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Shooting Feelings, A Loss of Masculinity, Discipline, Stoicism and Fathers

we churn out another wheel crushed man
that didn't understand why the world
hated that he breathed
blamed him for

patriarchy
rape culture
unconscious bias
his toxic masculinity is crushing all around
and killing himself

punished for looking at a woman
the wrong way
called a creeper for flirting awkwardly

taught that his impulses are wrong
his thoughts are wrong
given no role model to mold
those things into controlled tools
because his mother resents his father
turned the dagger
of blame into a double edged blade
rammed it deep in his psyche

his anger
aggression
his existence an affront on
the march of feminization
crammed in his mouth
along with the Ritalin
washed down with scorn and derision
ADHD diagnosed

he sits
internalising the disapproval of society
how he's worth nothing
that all he offers is done better
by a woman
encouraged to not even try

they demand he share his feelings
to purge his toxicity
emotional incontinence
paraded as the new norm

decides he might as well take
all the hurt
cram it into a bag of resentment
load his feelings

pull the trigger

and all the other kids in the pumped up kicks
wonder
how it happened
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