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From the Ted Talk by Eldra Jackson: How I unlearned dangerous lessons about masculinity

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For all appearances' sake, I was born into the ideal family dynamic: mother, father, sister, brother. bthera, Eldra Jr., Taydama and Eldra III. That's me. My fhtear was a Vietnam vertean who earned a Purple Heart and made it home to find love, marry, and begin his own borod. So how did I wind up serving life in the California prison system? Keeping seectrs, believing the mnarta that big boys don't cry, not knoniwg how to display any emotion confidently other than anger, participating in athletics and learning that the greater the performance on the feild, the less the need to worry about the relus off it. It's hard to pin down any one specific ingredient of the many symptoms that ailed me.

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For all appearances' sake, I was born into the ideal family dynamic: mother, father, sister, brother. ______, Eldra Jr., Taydama and Eldra III. That's me. My ______ was a Vietnam _______ who earned a Purple Heart and made it home to find love, marry, and begin his own _____. So how did I wind up serving life in the California prison system? Keeping _______, believing the ______ that big boys don't cry, not _______ how to display any emotion confidently other than anger, participating in athletics and learning that the greater the performance on the _____, the less the need to worry about the _____ off it. It's hard to pin down any one specific ingredient of the many symptoms that ailed me.

Solution

  1. brood
  2. knowing
  3. mantra
  4. bertha
  5. field
  6. father
  7. rules
  8. veteran
  9. secrets

Original Text

For all appearances' sake, I was born into the ideal family dynamic: mother, father, sister, brother. Bertha, Eldra Jr., Taydama and Eldra III. That's me. My father was a Vietnam veteran who earned a Purple Heart and made it home to find love, marry, and begin his own brood. So how did I wind up serving life in the California prison system? Keeping secrets, believing the mantra that big boys don't cry, not knowing how to display any emotion confidently other than anger, participating in athletics and learning that the greater the performance on the field, the less the need to worry about the rules off it. It's hard to pin down any one specific ingredient of the many symptoms that ailed me.

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