A few months ago the NY Times published an article about Jaden Smith (the son of actor Will Smith) appearing as a model for Louis Vuitton’s women’s wear ad campaign. Jaden is in the far right of the photo below. This ad is an example of how individuals who identify as men can do things that “break the rules” and defy our expectations about masculinity. Whether it is a man crying in public or doing something as daring as wearing a skirt – breaking out of the man-box includes going against a whole range of usually American stereotypes about masculinity.
Conversation starter: What are your thoughts when you see men do things that go against our socialized expectations about masculinity?