This is a comment by Danny on the post “A Curriculum of Male Mentorship: 1/5“.
If you were writing the lesson plans for an introduction to manhood, what would you include?
A lot of good things have been brought up and I can only think of one thing.
Don’t shape your life around women. They are not the end all be all benchmark for manhood that some of them like to think they are. It doesn’t matter how many you have sex with.
It doesn’t matter if they think you’re a coward for not doing something that is against your own moral/ethical code. It doesn’t matter if you deem it necessary to defend yourself against one (meaning you shouldn’t be expected to put up with abuse, physical or otherwise, just because she’s a woman and you’re a man).
It’s one thing to interact with women in a respectful manner and whatnot but don’t let them determine your worth as a person or as a man.
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