Man Buys Cat Lunchbox To Show Young Boys What It Means To 'Be A Man'

"There's no one way to be a man."

This month, a photo of a man named David Pendragon carrying a cat lunchbox went viral for a special reason. Pendragon bought the lunchbox in support of his cousin's 10-year-old son, Ryker, who was being made fun of at school for his own cat lunchbox. 

Pendragon's message, though a simple one, carries great importance:  

"Ryker, who loves cats, was very excited to get his new lunchbox," Pendragon wrote on Facebook. "Unfortunately because of its colors, or because it has cats, or both, he was teased about it by other boys in his class. He even wanted to stop taking his lunch so he wouldn't be teased about it any longer."

Pendragon decided to take a stand to show his little cousin that "a man can love whatever he wants and not be afraid to express that love."

"So I have ordered the same lunchbox for myself and proudly carried it to work today at my large, conservative, corporate workplace. I've told anyone who asked the story behind my lunchbox and to a person, they all stand with Ryker too."

"There's no one way to be a man. Men can be colorful. Men can be expressive. Men can be emotional and silly and gleeful."

As we come to accept more fluid definitions of gender and understand it as a spectrum, men and women are being encouraged, now more than ever before, to express themselves in ways that are outside of what's typically considered "normal" for their gender. 

Gender stereotypes are being challenged left and right, and even big brands are following suit: In 2015, for example, Target stopped labeling toys as being for "boys" or "girls."  That same year, Laurel Wider, founder of toy company Wonder Crew, created dolls for boys that look like regular toddlers, not hyper-masculine adults. And last year, "My Heroes," a 2-minute Halloween PSA, challenged stereotypes when it came to Halloween costumes

Such movements, and people such as Pendragon, are continually helping to encourage others to feel comfortable to express themselves in whatever way they want. 

Since sharing his post, Pendagron has received a ton of comments from people who are touched by his words and actions.

"My son has been made fun of for [his] lunchbox!!! Thank you for doing this!!!!!!" one person wrote.

"My 10-year-old son just saw this picture and exclaimed, "Oh my god, that's so cute! That lunchbox is great!'" another said.

(H/T: Scary Mommy)

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