Straightlaced—How Gender's Got Us All Tied Up

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I started making Straightlaced when my oldest son was in high school. I find it deeply disturbing that young men are pressured into hiding their full selves because of pressures to conform to narrow ideas of masculinity. The same is true for young women and femininity. I went into dozens of ...Read more

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