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Response to lumberjack_jeff (Original post)

Thu May 16, 2013, 02:10 PM

2. I answered this question in another thread:

Masculinity is a rhetorically constructed set of cultural rules and imposed norms for people with penises. Some of these rules change every so many years.

In the US, some of these rules include:
1. Provide for your family.
2. Protect your family from outside attackers.
3. Eschew the feminine.
4. Love having sex with women.
5. Don't be too affectionate with other adult males.
6. Enjoy the right sports. Football is right, couples figure skating is not right.
Plus lots of others.

men are the only ones with the moral authority to create that definition


Should we, or anyone, create that definition? Many of myths we live by, such as "the people" and intuitional authority, definitely have their uses, but what use is the myth of masculinity in today's world? Perhaps we should just let that myth go, as opposed to reconstructing it.

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