Quote from Julia Serano
This country certainly socializes its children to respect what is seen as masculine – what is hard, aggressive, powerful, rational, etc.
But nature seems to prefer balance. We need the soft, passive, emotional side as well.
And these are simply generalizations. All people of any gender contain some combination of all the traits above. None of these characteristics are the sole domain of a particular gender.
That is why you see campaigns trying to normalize men having emotions, struggling and needing support, or crying. These are normal things for men to do.
Our society’s preference for masculine things, has also influenced who experiences violence in the trans and gender diverse communities, it’s the ones who appear feminine.
A part of addressing transphobia is going to be addressing the patriarchy as well as toxic masculinity.