What does it mean to be a man? This can be a hot topic in today's society and I completely understand why. What comes to mind when you hear "be a man!" The images that come into our head probably would make us all cringe and in the name of "manhood" a lot of abuse, hurt, and pain has been caused. That is not at all what we are talking about here. Instead of droning on for hours trying to explain something and never quite get the true meaning across, occasionally it can be easier to explain what you are not talking about to emphasize what you are talking about. I think this tactic suits this discussion well. When we talk about what it means to be a man I am not talking about how much you can bench press. I am not talking about how much money you make, nor am I talking about how well you can fight, how tough you can be, or how macho you can be. Manhood obviously can present itself in many different forms and variations but there is some universal commonality in manhood. Stephen Mansfield address this topic in his book Mansfield Book of Manley Men. Mansfield identifies a set of characteristics that help define manhood. He does this by looking back though history and selecting great men who exemplified these characteristics. What he ends up with is a compilation of characteristics that men can aspire too. Now not all men will have every characteristic and we may posses some of these characteristic in varying degrees. Each chapter discuses a characteristic that defines manhood and gives a tangible humanistic example of that trait. All of the chapters and characteristics are worth discussing, but a few characteristics stood out to me a bit more than others and warrant highlighting.
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