Bravery is not a gendered trait

“Bravery is not a gendered trait.” With the torrent of #metoo, #timesup, and #whyididntreport revelations, I sometimes feel like I’ve heard or seen or experienced it all. But, somehow, I keep getting sucker-punched by truths I feel I should have already known. @carolinembpaul threw one of those punches when she said, “Bravery is not a gendered trait,” on an episode of Design Matters with Debbie Millman. My brain knew that was true, but when she said that, I realized my heart hadn’t caught up yet. What truths have you heard lately that knocked the wind out of you?

Bravery is not a gendered trait

Published by Emily P.G. Erickson

Emily P.G. Erickson is a writer with a master's degree in psychology. Her service journalism and personal essays about mental health, mindfulness, and motherhood have appeared in The New York Times, WIRED, Romper, Elemental, and elsewhere. You can find the latest from Emily at

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