How you're castrating your man..


Ladies,

I went to a women's conference recently, and we got on the topic of Mansplaining. Mansplaining is to comment on or explain something to a woman in a condescending, overconfident, and often inaccurate or oversimplified manner.

As women, we've all experienced this. It ranges from humorous to horrifying. But that's not what we're here to think about today.

If you're like me and you believe in 100% responsibility for yourself and your life, then let's not waste any more time on men we can't control acting foolishly.

Let's instead look at how WE may be acting foolishly and not even knowing it...

Men get a lot of bad press for they ways in which they are bad to women: too aggressive, emotionally cold, unfaithful, disengaged, self-absorbed, even abusive, the list goes on.

And in the climate of #GirlPower, we're hearing even more stories (some devastatingly truthful, and others overly-dramatized) about men behaving badly, to support the rise of women.

But what about the ways women are bad to men? We don't talk about this on a public scale, much less believe we do it.

Author, speaker and expert, Alison Armstrong, has been studying men for decades. She says often times women become what she calls "Frog Farmers." Some women in relationships turn frogs into princes, and others turn princes into frogs.

Which one are you?

It's easy to think that women don't do near the harm to men that men do to us. But there's nothing further from the truth. Though our ugly behaviors may not be as overt, they are just as damaging to our male counterparts.

Check out this list and see how you may be emasculating your man and not even knowing it.

HOW WOMEN EMASCULATE MEN:

  • Withhold appreciation

  • Withhold admiration

  • Withhold participation

  • Withhold sex

  • Don’t let them impress you

  • Compare unfavorably – be far more impressed by someone else

  • Don’t trust them

  • Assume insincerity

  • Don’t need them for anything important to you

  • Be disinterested in their passions

  • Complain

  • Mothering a man/checking on him over and over /treating him like a five-year-old

  • Expect them to act the same as girls/women

  • Don’t let them help you

  • Demean their earning abilities

  • Blow off their suggestions and ideas

  • Ignore them

  • Criticize them

  • Interrupt them

  • Rolled eyes

  • Tsk or scoffing sounds

  • Be impatient

  • Take over something you gave them to do

  • Demean their virility

  • Shut down their storytelling

By better understanding the impact of what we think as "minor behaviors," we can begin to see the full picture of why a relationship may struggle. When we shrink our man, we shrink ourselves.

If you want an extraordinary partnership (or friendship) with the men and boys in your life, it's time to start getting honest with ourselves about our part in the relationship.

Here's to allies, not enemies.

Love,

Brie

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