“With all the talk of TOXIC MASCULINITY - it would do society well to first properly define MASCULINITY. If we don’t know what a real man is, how can we identify the counterfeit?
WHAT IS A REAL MAN?
It is truly sad to say but we could ask that question of 1000 different people over the last three generations and not get one solidified or unified and consistent answer. I am not sure there has been an answer to that question which pleases everyone for centuries or more. Some would say a professional athlete is the model of a “real man”.
Someone who works hard and plays hard. Someone driven by on the field success and outward expressions of testosterone. Someone who is Intense, extroverted, in control and powerful. Others would say a “real man” is financially successful and who provides for his family better than the previous generation provided for him.
Someone who is educated and street smart. Someone who knows the ways of the world so to speak and knows how to win at all costs. Others would say a “real man” knows how to stand his ground. Someone who knows what he believes and never backs down from it. Someone always running to the defense and aid of others at all cost even the peril of his own life. Someone tough, gruff, filled with grit and vigor. A soldier, a firefighter or a cop might fall in this category of man. So would a gang leader, a drug lord or a pimp.
Some would say a “real man” is a sexy lover. A man who has women falling at his feet over his chiseled features and smooth way. Seduction is his game and he always wins.
Finally, some would say a “real man” is a gentlemen. Quiet, humble, emotionally sensitive mark his nature and his demeanor. He never offends anyone. He never stirs up trouble or controversy. He is always humble and kind. Gentle as a butterfly. Now you can see why young boys are struggling to become men.
NO ONE KNOWS WHAT ONE IS!!
With all the talk of TOXIC MASCULINITY - it would do society well to first properly define MASCULINITY. If we don’t know what a real man is, how can we identify the counterfeit?
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