Does being a man suck?

Posted on September 17, 2011


Today’s post will be of particular interest to all you male readers out there. It’s about an essay called Being a Man.

How awesome it is? Nope. How much it sucks. Take a look at the essay. It’s only 3 pages. But in a mere 3 pages we find out why:

  • “The whole idea of manhood in America is pitiful”
  • “The manly attitude towards sports seems to be little more than a recipe for creating bad marriages, social misfits, moral degenerates, sadists, latent rapists and just plain louts”
  • “In many ways, American culture does little more for a man than prepare him for modeling clothes in the L.L. Bean catalog”

Yup. Sounds to me like this author didn’t make whatever sports team he tried out for. But other than that, this essay does ring of some truth. I do think a lot of pressure is put on men to be “manly”.

Men have to be strong. They have to drink a lot. Of beer. And whiskey. They have to know how to change a car tire. They can’t cry. They have to be tough. They can’t back down from a fight. They have to be good in bed. They have to be good-looking. They have to be smooth with the ladies.

Like Date Mike:

It certainly isn’t easy being a woman in this society. As we know, women, for centuries, have had standards to live up to and have been victims of inequality. But we must not forget that it isn’t easy being a man either.

Women’s right are being increasingly addressed, and deservedly so. But what is interesting about this essay is that it blatantly describes the pressures that men face in a way that is rarely done.

So all you guys, what do you think? Does being a man suck?

“Even the expression ‘Be a man!’ strikes me as insulting and abusive. It means: be stupid, be unfeeling, obedient, soldierly and stop thinking”