John Legend talks ‘jock tradition’, intercourse & poisonous masculinity with Cosmopolitan

If you might return and redo your first sexual and romantic experiences, realizing what you understand now, would you? I take into consideration that typically, how I’d like a do-over with sure individuals, how I’d prefer to take a mulligan on sure experiences. I believe a part of the explanation why I made so many errors is as a result of I listened to the improper recommendation from the improper individuals. Would it have been totally different if I had been listening to celebrities discuss actually about intercourse, romance, constancy, poisonous masculinity and extra? I don’t know. John Legend is partnering with AXE (makers of hideous physique sprays beloved by douchebag teenage boys) for his or her Find Your Magic Initiative, “which seeks to finish the perpetuation of poisonous masculinity and as a substitute encourage all adolescents to embrace who they’re past such societal expectations.” Basically, John Legend is telling boys that they don’t have to provide in to sexual peer strain, and many others. Legend spoke to Cosmo about these items, and listed below are some highlights:

He misplaced his virginity at a younger age: “Just being round older folks that had been having intercourse, it felt like I needed to meet up with all people. I believe quite a bit strain once you’re a [cisgender male] teen has to do with dropping your virginity and negotiating relationships with girls.”

He felt pressured by jock tradition: “[That] nonetheless appears to current in a whole lot of excessive colleges, notably in locations like the place I grew up, the place soccer was so essential and high athletes are often the most well-liked guys on campus. When you’re not that man — and I used to be not that man — it looks like your worth isn’t the identical as theirs.”

What younger males are afraid of discussing with intimate companions: “Fear. People are afraid of speaking about their fears and insecurities. They’re afraid of expressing emotion past anger, dominance, or energy, they usually’re afraid of getting in contact with their female facet.

How younger girls can facilitate conversations about these insecurities with male important others: “I believe they’ll discuss to one another extra usually. It’s onerous as a result of girls are coping with the identical factor: they’re coping with expectations about how they’re speculated to look and the way they’re speculated to work together with males. I believe we’re all making an attempt to determine all of it out, particularly after we’re youngsters, however I believe the hot button is to pay attention and empathize with each other.

He needs to make it cool to be a one-woman man: “I don’t wish to current myself because the “good partner” and I don’t wish to current our relationship because the “good relationship” as a result of I don’t assume anyone meets that definition. I believe it’s an excessive amount of strain to placed on anybody. However, I don’t thoughts being referred to as any person who’s dedicated to their spouse. I’m dedicated to Chrissy. And after I write about [my commitment to her], it’s me being genuine. I believe it needs to be cool to be an excellent associate, an excellent partner, an excellent father, and/or an excellent father or mother. If I’m one of many individuals who helps make that cooler, I believe that’s nice.

[From Cosmopolitan]

I respect John Legend and I respect Cosmo, however this program is for males and Cosmo requested him what ladies can do to “facilitate” conversations about insecurities with males. That, to me, is the improper dialog to have – ladies are usually not accountable for poisonous masculinity, and ladies are sometimes the victims of poisonous masculinity. Have the dialog with boys and males about what they’ll do to higher specific themselves with out placing any of the onus on women and girls. As for the remainder of it… I like that John Legend is on the market, representing males who unabashedly adore and cherish their wives. I simply want his spouse was much less annoying.

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