Seriously – is there something up with guys and how they’re acting? Are they… dare I say it, less manly than they used to be?
Well, men are still essentially MEN. That much is true. But many of the “old school” manly behaviors are being lost in today’s whirlwind pace and new-age culture. Yes, guys are becoming more sensitive in many ways. They’re more emotionally aware than they have ever been.
For example, in the last Star Trek movie that hit theaters, three of the actors cried in that movie. Not one of which was a woman – ALL were men! But at the same time, they’ve lost touch with something our fathers and grandfathers had.
You see, back in “the day” (whenever THAT was), there was a more distinct milestone for when a boy finally became a man. It was something called a “rite of passage.” This is something that cultures have embraced for thousands of years to help a boy understand when he was ready for manhood, and he could leave behind the childish stuff and do all the MANLY stuff.
Make war on other tribes…
Find himself a woman… 😉
Up until the 20th century, the war part was all we had left to define men. When you were 18, they gave you a gun and sent you to war. Or he waited and hoped they wouldn’t draft him into war. All politics aside, the possibility that you might have to go to a strange land and possibly die was a very real way to wake up call to being a man. And that haunted most men throughout time. Nowadays, not quite as much.
Women always had a very clear indication of their change from “girl” to woman, which was the onset of her fertility. Having a period every month and knowing that you could bear children was pretty obvious to her.