A Mum Of 5 Boys Reaction To The Gillette Advert

Have you seen the latest Gillette advert? The one that says ‘The Best A Man Can Be’ instead of the traditional ‘The Best A Man Can Get’

If not, check it out below, it’s literally 2 minutes long!

Right, well what do you think of that?

Personally, I think it’s bloody brilliant! Good, on you Gillette! And thank you!

I for one, are raising 5 boys. 5 future modern day men. I am taking it upon myself as their mother that they grow into respectable, responsible and accountable young men.

This advert backs up all my beliefs about raising boys!

I love how they have had the guts and the courage to call out the stigma of the ‘alpha male’. The stereotype of how a man ‘should’ be.

We all know the stereotype I’m talking about. You know, that men are superior in the world. That men are big and strong. Aggressive and bold. Self confident. Tall, dark, handsome and muscular.

That men are the ones who go out to work, get the higher paid male orientated jobs such as doctors, pilots and engineers.

Aye, Right!

Wake up and smell the coffee, Mate. We’re in 2019 now!

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mum of 5 boys reaction to the gillette advert

It’s about time someone challenged and pointed out these stereotypes!

I love how the Gillette advert shows us that boys and men can be vulnerable too. That men have, oh man dare I say it…feelings! That not all boys and men are ‘tough and macho’

Men cry too! And that’s ok!

I will be teaching my boys that it is ok to be thoughtful. To be in touch with their feelings. To not be afraid to express their emotions.

I adore how the advert encourages respect of women and bringing up boys and young men to respect women.

They quite rightly acknowledge that despite there being respectful men out there, that there are still men that think that it’s ok to grope a woman, make rude remarks and treat women as if they are for a mans pleasure.

The advert encourages other men to calls out these men on their inappropriate behaviour and hold each other accountable.

I will be teaching my boys, that just because they are male they will not and should not expect more. That we are all equal beings. That only hard work and determination is what gets you where you want to be. Not because you have a dick.

I have been at the receiving end of this disrespectful behaviour, and if any of my boys treat a woman, the way I have been treated in my past. There will be hell to pay!

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I love that it also passes on the message that the younger generation is looking up to this generation of men, as role models. Giving the message that men need to lead by example because the younger generations are watching and learning.

By leading by example, the next generation of men will think, that as men that they deserve to be treated different, more superior because they have a penis.

All of these things are a positive, yes?!

And yet, the Gillette advert is causing a global outrage?! I really don’t get it!

People, (read men – i’m assuming, so please correct me if i am wrong) aren’t happy with the advert.

Is this because they aren’t comfortable showing their emotions? Because really their self esteem is so low that they feel they need to belittle other men and women in a bullying manor?

Or is it just because they feel threatened? That they can’t handle the ‘old fashioned’ stereotype of a man is evolving into an equal role? Which to be fair, it should always have been.

I hold myself accountable as a mum of 5 boys that I will raise and tell my boys to

‘Be The Best That They Can Be!’

What are your thoughts on the Gillette advert? Do you agree or disagree with it?

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3 Comments

  1. January 18, 2019 / 6:17 pm

    I cry every time I watch it! I showed my husband and he was like, “This is so good!…” Then I told him how there were twice as many negative reactions to it than positive… I couldn’t believe how many people were saying “How dare Gillette say masculinity is bad?!!!…” Umm no. They said men need to man up and be the type of masculine that makes real men. They didn’t say men are bad. In fact, they showed really great examples of what “manly” is and should be.
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  2. Alex
    February 6, 2019 / 9:05 pm

    This is so cool

  3. B. O. Ycoute
    April 28, 2019 / 12:27 pm

    April 2019: Gillette sales down 8%, only P&G division to be below water this quarter. Genius marketing! 😂

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