Band: As It Is
Song: “The Stigma (Boys Don’t Cry)”
Album: The Great Depression
Release Date: August 10th, 2018
Label: Fearless Records
The band said of the track:
“We are excited to share with you Act II of The Great Depression: this is ‘The Stigma (Boys Don’t Cry)’.
This song and video tackle toxic masculinity, gender expectations and the long overdue need to rebel and speak out against outdated ideals that to this day continue to threaten individuality.
The eponymous ‘stigma’ is that sense of blemish and shame so often associated with showing and expressing emotion, that causes too many to hide who they are.
It is totally acceptable to show feeling; it is real and human to do so, and not something that should be arbitrarily gendered and hidden from view.
In these increasingly disconnected times, where empathy is seemingly on a decline at many levels of everyday modern life, it is vital to stand up against such outdated tropes.”