Editorial by Kavin Carter
What does it mean to be a man in this day and age? Over the past ten years the dynamic between men and women has changed dramatically. Historically, our gender roles as men and women have for the most part been the same. The men go to work, support the family, fight the wars, and the woman stay home, take care of the kids, cook, and clean.
Today in the secular world, however, the contemporary meaning of what it is to be a man has changed due to millennial influence. Third wave feminism has continued to bridge the gap of inequality. For example, females are now allowed to fight on the front lines in the US army. But feminism has not been the only movement questioning gender roles, the LGBT community has had a large influence in television, movies, and social media. The qualifications of what makes a man a “man” seem to differ from person to person.
Some would look to the bible and say that men should follow the instructions set down by the God. Others would look The Art of Manliness
to their fathers for as their example and some others may look to media for guidance.
So what does it mean to be a man? Is a true man, a tall strong guy with a barrel chest wearing a flannel shirt with an axe over his arm? Is a true man a slim shy guy who works in a business office from 9 to 5 everyday? The truth is that all men are different. We live in a time where the social norm no longer binds us to the nature of the American status quo yet it seems as though there are still a few things every man should be.
There are some qualities, though, that I believe all men and even women should have. Strength, not always in the physical sense, in values. A man who stands firm in is value or code is respected by almost all. A man should be brave but bravery doesn’t always have to be considered as a person who charges into danger. For example, confronting a friend about something you believe is wrong could be much more challenging than fighting someone you already dislike.