Never has there been a time in history when gender stereotypes have been more widely acceptable to not conform to socially defined gender norms.

Who is to say that a boy can’t be sensitive and a girl can’t be outspoken and strong!

As many of us would agree, every girl and boy deserves to feel free to express their emotions and be completely themselves without apology.

It’s about time that we reframes masculinity for a new generation and give boys permission to embrace a new type of masculine identity that feels right for them.

To help talk to us about this we welcome our special guest Jessica Sanders

Jessica Sanders is the bestselling and award winning author ‘Be Your Own Man’ a beautifully written and thoughtful book that encourages a discussion about dealing with feelings and stereotypes for young boys. Jessica’s previous books include “Love Your Body” and “Me Time” which have both been wildly successful around the world.

Jessica is a passionate advocate and social worker whose mission is to support every young person to celebrate the differences within themselves and others.

We ask Jessica questions including:

  1. It’s been said that boys have inherited an outdated story around what it means to be male. Can you expand on this a little for us?
  2. Do you think that our current definition of what it means to be a male is hurting boys and men? If so, how?
  3. Where did your inspiration for this book come from?
  4. In your article you list 3 ways you can give a young boy permission to express himself, could you please go through them with us now?
  5. Do you think we need to be have to be deliberate in supporting boys to counter these harmful stereotypes and give them permission to talk about their feelings.
  6. Why do you think it is important to widen the perspective of children and parents alike when it comes to gender stereotypes?

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