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0754, 04 Jan 17

Be a Man


There are good reasons why generations of fathers have taught their sons to “man up,” and it’s not because young boys are blank canvases on which the patriarchy can paint its oppression. It’s because men in general have essential natures that are different from women. We tend to be more aggressive, more energetic, and less nurturing than women, and the fundamental challenge of raising most boys is in channeling that nature in productive ways, not in denying or trying to eradicate its existence. In other words, we need to make men more purposeful, not more vulnerable.


0754, 04 January 2017


  1. Kevin Scheunemann

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  2. jjf


    And yet Steve Nass thinks there’s a “war on men” because UW Health has a “six-week voluntary discussion program” discussing masculinity.

  3. Kevin Scheunemann

    Isn’t discussing masculinity (vs. just being) a little feminine?

  4. jjf

    Why would discussing masculinity be “feminine”?

    Why is Nass upset – and threatening funding, again – regarding that discussion?

  5. penquin

    Isn’t discussing masculinity (vs. just being) a little feminine?

    Maybe a lil’. But then again, so is discussing a discussion about masculinity…a discussion that you are currently the most active participant of.

    NTTIAWWT, of course…

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