Essay On Being A Modern Man

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Today in America the meaning of being a modern man is very confusing. Being a man used to be simple. It used to mean being a leader, being a ruler, and making the rules. Issues were clear and simple, we all had roles by virtue of biology but were reinforced by society. Everything used to be clear on what used to be masculine and feminine. We had these rules handed down to us from father to son for generations. It was a simpler time and simpler society, now society changed on us and the meaning of being a man has changed. Being a man in America now, is confusing because we as a society are trying how to define masculinity. America is finally getting around to having the conversation about what it means to be a man that, decades ago, feminism forced us to have about womanhood. Many women still face social consequences when they conform neatly to gender norms, but many of the most ideological progressive men are just starting to talk about how to break away from masculine stereotypes and still hang onto a sense of gender identity. We live in a culture that consists of both the past and new era of men. Both types of era of men being raised differently has caused confusion in what makes up a man in America’s culture. Modern masculinity compared to being masculine in the past, consists of being emotional affectionate or otherwise being a softy while still…show more content…
As we were born we followed society’s norms on how to enter manhood. Being a man meant being strong, being a leader, and taking responsibility of the household. It was a time where men were men, women were women, men knew their purpose and women knew their place. It was until feminism was introduced to America that totally changed the idea of masculinity. As feminism introduced gender equality, it was okay for women to do what men had could. Now as men try to grasp the idea of gender equality, they are trying to understand what is okay and not okay on being
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