Men are people. People have feelings. As such, we have feelings, too. We are not out to get you. Just having a penis doesn’t make one:
A potential rapist
It’s not our fault that your childhood was tough, or that male figures in your past abused their positions of authority, or violated your trust.
It’s not fair to view us all through the crap-stained lens of your past.
Just as you do, we have our own struggles, our baggage, our own stories to contend with. If you prick us, we will bleed. If you try to shoehorn us into a role to accommodate your worldview, we’re not going to take it very well.
We, having feelings–minds, hearts, opinions–of our own probably won’t take it very well. We might get loud.
This is not abuse, or bullying: this is usually the cry of a hurting heart. Yes, we may be bigger than you, stronger than you, louder than you… this still doesn’t make us the big, scary, nasty man out to get you. It’s a sign of hurt, of pain, of confusion.
If you accuse us unfairly, we will get defensive. It’s human nature.
Being men doesn’t make us demons.
So stop demonizing us for for our gender, for your past abusive relationships.
And let us love you.
That’s what our strength is for.