I’m just interested on how this shifts from a cultural perspective. I’ve heard American women say things related to “culture” when it comes to their non-American boyfriends being unable to be vulnerable with their feelings, etc. That they don’t talk out loud about feelings and remain stoic because that’s what they’ve been taught. Maybe they never say “I love you.” Or they bristle at even the idea of touching another man affectionately (not ohhhually). I know American men can feel this way as well, just wondering what y’all have internalized that has affected you in different ways (positive or negative).
Is there a greater pressure on you to submit to “masculine” ideals that your country dictates? What does “being a man” even mean where you come from?
Which country you’re from would be a helpful metric, too.