I was primed to rationalize the nonsensical, defend the indefensible, and excuse the inexcusable. I kept looking for emotional freedom but realised I was put on the leashes. It can be hard to see what’s best for you when you’re invested in a friendship, even just a platonic friendship. Toxic friends are prisoners to shortcomings that they have no problem being in denial of.
Societal and gender norm is one of the root causes of gender discrimination. Every gender is expected to behave in a certain way. In this poem, I talk about toxic masculinity, which harms men as well as society.