How does this statement touch you? How do you respond to it? If you’re a guy, how does it feel to say it yourself?
For much of my life, it would have triggered a lot my insecurities and judgements
For me, it’s a mindset I was only embodied when I was 39. So what on earth was I between puberty and 39?
I was a man who didn’t feel entitled to call himself a man.
And at no point during that time did I say it - and if I did, I doubt I would’ve fully believed myself.
The problem with manhood is that there simply isn’t a clearly defined goal post. It’s something we have to keep proving and there are no clear guidelines about what we have to prove and how to prove it. We’re basically cast adrift to work it out on our own once puberty is done with us.
How much money do I need to earn before I’m a man? How many children? How present? How strong? How tough? How successful.