Jung man, there’s no need to feel down

I guess I’m not unique in that I’ve been thinking about good men and bad men lately, and gender in general. Yesterday I read an essay by a man that pointed out:

“…no wonder many of us have failed to see grabby men as a serious social problem for women, when an American boyhood consists of little else but unorganized combat drills, unwanted invasions of personal territory. It’s all grabs, punches, towel flicks, fake homoerotic aggression, threats of unspecified but grim—and, as one ages—increasingly sexualized violence.”

and, well, I agree with that and also I don’t know what to do with that. And neither does the author, really. The essay is entitled “What Is It Like To Be A Man?” and one of the points is that being a man is confusing and tough if you are or want to be something other than a Man (whatever that means in this day and age), and also you feel guilty about even admitting things can be confusing or tough if you’re a man… because of a lot of things.

After I read the article, I read a very long comment thread about the article, and it was a surprisingly nuanced comment thread. At least I think it was. It got confusing for me. There was a lot of talk about hermeneutics, category exemplars, what one actually associates with Heidegger, and lots of other stuff that I never understand but people sometimes think I do because I guess I nod and smile in the right places when people are talking about them.

Anyway, I still don’t know what it is like to be a man, Philip Christman doesn’t know what it is like to be a man, but I have a feeling this guy at Andrew’s of Burbank

knows what it is like to be a man. And being a man can be awesome.

Photo by Jason Hadley, the awesomest man I know
Published in: on September 20, 2018 at 7:50 pm  Leave a Comment  
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