This is a comment by Kaleb Blake on the post “Poll: Why is Our Society Obsessed with Modern Men and Manliness?“
“The problem that I had with the Don Draper peice in the NYT article, and with the reclaimation of outdated concepts of masculinity (we need to hunt, fix cars, etc.) is that men don’t HAVE to be those things anymore. And while it’s totally fine to personally identify with a more traditional archetype of masculinity, it’s no man’s business to push that on all other men. I’m sitting in a 9-to-5 cubicle right now…it blows, but that’s just the life of young Americans today. It doesn’t shape my masculinity, nor does my lack of wanting to hunt or fix things.
“If men want to teach their kids survival traits—hunting, fighting, fixing—that’s fine, there’s use in that. But don’t specifically teach these things only to boys under the conviction that this is what MAKES men. And people need to lay off the guys in cubicles, we could be developing the next product that will launch America out of this economic hell. Modern men are nuanced, they adapt to what it takes to be successful. Unfortunately, that’s not always hunting and gathering.”
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