June: The Month for Men and Father's Day


America celebrates Fathers Day and Men's Health Month during the month of June.

Fatherly figures have become a picture of masculinity however this stereotype is slowly breaking a way for the better.

What better way to celebrate the Dads out there then by tapping in and checking out on their mental health.

It may not show but men need mental health care as much as women do. Men carry a lot on their shoulders especially when it comes to providing for the family.

For a long time men are seen to be tough at all times, hard working, family oriented, and masculine.

Fathers of today can be seen doing the silliest things just to make their daughters happy to the extent of wearing pink or matching ballet dresses.

J Kim wrote in the Chicago Tribune that Asian-American fathers and masculinity have long been portrayed in American culture.

"What America considers 'male' was not their priority for Asian fathers when their main concern was on survival, fitting into the new culture, and putting food on the table," said Dr. Josephine Kim, a professor at Harvard's Graduate School of Education who specializes in child development and immigrant issues.

A father's masculinity is not determined by how he is not showing weak points, or by how he handles emotions.

Often these cover ups reflect on children as if they are not cared for, unloved, or unvalued.

A father's masculinity is how he in acts on being someone's Dad, how he makes the life of his children the best version it could be,

How he stays, through the thick and thin. Staying loyal, faithful and most importantly, true.

"Any man can be a father, but it takes a special man to be a Dad" -Anne Geddes.

Written by: Ellyssa van Schaijk

Ellyssa van Schaijk is a digital marketing intern of PS Media Enterprise. She is a 3rd-year Bachelor of Arts in Communication student from Batangas State University-Arasof Nasugbu Campus, Philippines.



Source: https://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/sc-asian-dads-masculinity-family-0614-20160615-story.html 

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