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The high cost of manliness by robert jensen

The High Cost of Manliness

September 08, 2006, 09: We have to stop trying to define what men and women are going to be in the world based on extrapolations from physical sex differences. That doesn't mean we ignore those differences when they matter, but we have to stop assuming they matter everywhere. I don't think the planet can long survive if the current conception of masculinity endures. We face political and ecological challenges that can't be met with this old model of what it means to be a man.

At the more intimate level, the stakes are just as high. For those of us who are biologically male, we have a simple choice: We men can settle for being men, or we can strive to be human beings.

This summary of the article caught my attention the most. I never took feminism to be about being able to be a man. I hoped feminism was a step toward a more eqalatarian society, a more socialist society, a society which didn't expect you to compartmentalize your life. A workplace which understood that family is just as important as work. That occasionally there will be days when you have to stay home to look after kids, or a partner or a parent or even yourself.

I do think that pink blue interpretations of feminity and masculinty need to be scrapped and the sooner the better. And I think he is right with the striving to be human I would add women and men, less emphasis on gender more emphasis on inclusivity. They know they can survive. October 02, 2006, 10: There've been some complaints about guys who feel compelled to s-p-r-a-w-l across a bus seat, with their legs open, taking up the space of three people.

That ain't my bag, and I don't do it. So, I'm coming home from the pool, and there's two guys coming down the sidewalk towards me, and i discover that one of them is on a bike.

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In case you haven't heard, I'm actually pretty puny stature wise, and i'm getting on in years. These guys were in their 20s and had the whole "gangsta" look happening.

And the guy on the bike showed no intention of going behind his friend to give me some space to get by them. I walked as close to the edge of the sidewalk as I could without stepping onto the road. I decided that I didn't feel like stepping on to the road. The guy waits till he's just past me and then says "Am I supposed to squeeze.

So I didn't bother responding. But I thought why didn't I just concede the stupid space and get on the road if the guy was going to be a stupid asshole?

  1. I walked as close to the edge of the sidewalk as I could without stepping onto the road.
  2. I'm willing to concede that I could be entirely wrong, but i'd like to discuss it first. For those of us who are biologically male, we have a simple choice.
  3. We men can settle for being men, or we can strive to be human beings. This summary of the article caught my attention the most.
  4. The guy waits till he's just past me and then says "Am I supposed to squeeze... For those of us who are biologically male, we have a simple choice.

I thought; well, I just don't feel like conceding everything. And then I thought that my behaviour might be classified as "stupid, male posturing, territorialitiy" etc. So, in retrospect, I think that I was right in the way I acted in that stupid encounter.

And that little incidents like that one are all part and parcel of standing up for bigger things. I'm willing to concede that I could be entirely wrong, but i'd like to discuss it first.

  • However, its a little constitutional to say that the planet cant survive if the sure conception of masculinity endures;
  • I never took feminism to be about being able to be a man.