Guidelines for HOW to be a man?

I was on StumbleUpon, typed in gender and this site came up. Recovering Manliness: The Lost Art of Manliness. The first thing I thought was “Wow- this is the ultimate example of how important gender roles are.” Hm…Gender ROLES. According to Dictionary.com, a “role” is a part or character played by an actor or actress, or the rights, obligations, and expected behavior patterns associated with a particular social status.

The webpage discusses a variety of topics including dress and grooming, health and sports, money and career, and relationships and family. However, the topic that caught my attention the most was the one about Manly Skills. I noticed that all of the skills they refer to rely on strength and toughness- making a toolbox, climbing a rope like a Navy SEAL, making a hook, surviving an avalanche, cooking…WILD GAME. Even when making a toy’s child- why does the little boy get a sword?

I think this site is very reflective about how we attribute certain characteristics and activities with genders. Men are strong, tough, unemotional, rugged, etc. While women are sensitive and emotional and delicate and incapable of doing activities that require some sort of physical exertion.

(SIDE NOTE: We see this a lot in athletics. Why is there an WNBA (Women’s National Basketball Association) and not a MNBA (Men’s Basketball Association)? Because it is assumed that a physically demanding sport like basketball is automatically, without question, male “territory”. Personally? I would rather see a WNBA game ANY day. Women have to work at least twice as hard to get even a portion of the recognition men get- often resulting in better athletic skills.)

Anyway…This website is the perfect example of male gender stereotypes. Definitely worth looking into- if not from a sociologically interested point of view, because it has some great tips and interesting information for both sexes.

Find “Man Knowledge” At:

http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/1CGzrf/artofmanliness.com/man-knowledge/7933/

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One Response to Guidelines for HOW to be a man?

  1. One thing that men and women in the United States seem to have in common, though, is this weird tendency to turn to popular culture for guidance on what constitutes appropriate behavior. How weird is that? It’s not enough to satisfy the expectations of those around you, but you are also supposed to hold yourself to these standards that come from some random website or Maxim.

    To my mind its like anxiety. But what are we so worried about?

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