“There seems to be a problem with the understanding of what entails all that being a man is today. With the skewed notion that some how all men, or the majority of men are chauvinistic pig’s. Even more so that being masculine in today’s world means being all the mentioned above. However, the true definition of being masculine is having qualities or appearance traditionally associated with men, especially strength and aggressiveness. While this seems to some as overbearing and dominate, it is actually being a stand up guy. Being responsible, having manners, being a protector, understanding the role of what being a gentleman is, and to top it a off, having the audacity to uphold a belief system based on such ideology. This doesn’t take away from women, it adds to them, as the male and female can empower and strengthen one another. We will never solve the problem with bad behavior on both sides of the sexes, however as roles get blurred, as lines get erased, as a section of society pushes for a gender neutrality, true identies are getting lost. We will always have human issues, we will always have different views, trying to conform to a state of sameness will just lead to more arduous behavior. This isn’t about who you love, or who you desire, or by sexual preference. It is about the role and identity of a decent human being that is a male. The distinction between what is masculine and feminine is a truth we all see, yet the masculine role is being viewed as inherently evil. Which is such a false and misleading and destructive connotation.
Since masculinity is a set of attributes, behaviors, and roles associated with boys and men, we need this murdering ideal of neutrality stopped and replaced by an empowering message. One that speaks volumes of what it actually takes to be a man. The traditional avenues for men to gain honor were providing for their families and exercising leadership, which still is a core necessity for any human to have, yet regardless of age or nationality, men more frequently rank good health, a harmonious family life and a good relationship with their spouse or partner as important to their quality of life. Not these bad examples we all are hearing as of late, the Hollywood corruption, along with the politicians scandals, these are all the opposite of being an actual man. So empower your son’s, brother’s, father’s, and friends, to be the example of what it is to be a man. There shouldn’t be any thing but a good man as an example for the rest of us men to look up to. And we shouldn’t be made to feel ashamed of our male identity, or to argue or fight over the fact that some people view being male as with everything it seems today as the problem in our society. It’s the opposite, we need the true identity of what it is to be a man to re-merge. The protector, the gentleman, the example and empowerment of what a good human being is supposed to emulate.” – Ryan L. Rinehart