Therapy is good for you!
If you can find a good therapist. And have insurance. Or can pay out of pocket. And have time to go.
There are a lot of caveats, because even though seeing a supportive, ethical therapist should be available to all, it’s not always so easy.
Clearly, Twitter isn’t the place to discuss nuances. The “men will” meme is all about generalizations about how men relate to mental health treatment. It certainly does seem like a lot of cis men have been socialized to avoid confronting their feelings honestly at all cost.
That’s probably why these tweets are so popular: the format is to write “men will literally ___ instead of going to therapy.”
Fill in the blank with whatever ludicrous behavior you’ve seen a guy engage in so he doesn’t have to admit he’s sad or scared.
As the meme grew, it became a way to not only call out Donald Trump and his followers, but to summarize movies, TV shows, and great moments in history as symptoms of not going to therapy. Generalizations might be bad, but these tweets are still pretty good:
men will literally run for president instead of going to therapy
— Colleen (@Coll3enG) January 3, 2021
Men will literally not let themselves get attached to anything they can’t walk out of in thirty seconds flat if they feel the heat around the corner instead of going to therapy
— Adam Nayman (@brofromanother) December 30, 2020
men will literally learn everything about ancient Rome instead of going to therapy
— lisatomic (@lisatomic5) December 30, 2020
Men would literally move in a van down by the river instead of going to therapy
— Steven Castillo (@STEEEZUSCHRIST) January 3, 2021
Men will literally live in a moving castle and transform into a giant bird instead of going to therapy
— Abraham Riesman אברהם ריסמאַן (@abrahamjoseph) January 2, 2021
men would rather watch hours of James Gandolfini going to therapy instead of going to therapy….has anyone done this
— Mr. Chau (@Srirachachau) December 30, 2020
men will literally teach you how to open a can of beans for 6 hours instead of going to therapy
— first-mate prance (@bocxtop) January 3, 2021
Men will literally insist on conquering the North and taking Winterfell instead of going to therapy
— Lo (they/them) (@lo_the_lynx) January 2, 2021
Men will literally commit elaborate murders based on the seven deadly sins instead of going to therapy
— jon drake (@DrakeGatsby) January 4, 2021