Jessica Chastain Sums Up Why The Phrase ‘Be A Man’ Is A Problem With A Single Tweet

"Their lives depend on it."

Trigger warning: This post discusses suicide.

If you think Jessica Chastain is only here to fight for women — given her work with the #MeToo and Time's Up movements — you've got it all wrong. In a recent tweet, she proved that the well-being of men is also something worth fighting for, too.


Over the weekend, Chastain took to Twitter to suggest that we as a society get rid of a phrase she views as problematic: "Stop crying. Be a man." Calling it an old-fashioned stereotype, the Molly's Game star said it just "doesn't work" now.

"Let's cherish the vulnerabilities of men. Their lives depend on it," Chastain added, referring to a Center for Disease Control study, which found that 121 Americans commit suicide each day and that 93 of them — or about 77 percent — are men.

Furthermore, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention found that suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S. and that each year nearly 45,000 Americans die as a result of it. The data points out that there are 123 suicides per day in the U.S. and that men die by suicide 3.53 times more often than women.

The topic of suicide, in general, is likely an important one for Chastain as she lost her own sister to it in 2003. That said, the actress hits an important note when tackling the toxic masculinity that keeps men from being able to express themselves with emotions and maintaining a facade of a gender role society deems acceptable.

So, while Chastain is often using her voice speaking up about the portrayal of women in movies, taking on sexist Hollywood institutions, and advocating for equal pay, she is there to raise awareness for each and every person regardless of sex.

If you or a loved one are in a crisis, you can reach out to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK to speak with a skilled, trained counselor who is ready to listen to you.

(H/T: HuffPost)

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