How boys suffer from gender stereotypes — author Emma Brown weighs in

Jessica DuLong is a Brooklyn-based journalist, ghostwriter, book coach and the author of "Saved at the Seawall: Stories From the September 11 Boat Lift" and "My River Chronicles: Rediscovering the Work That Built America."

(CNN)When it came to raising her daughter, Emma Brown trusted her instincts. Determined to combat the stereotypes deployed against girls from birth, she developed a mantra for her little girl: "I am strong and fearless."

But three years later, when her son was born during the groundswell of the #MeToo movement in 2017, the best way to raise him didn't seem so clear. While nursing her newborn, Brown read stories about Harvey Weinstein's predatory behavior.
Breaking down rigid concepts of masculinity can propel social progress on gender, author Emma Brown said.
Then, shortly after returning from maternity leave to her investigative reporter job at The Washington Post, she received an anonymous tip from a woman stating future US Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh had sexually assaulted her. The uproar that ensued drew Brown's attention to th