Men experience pressure, passed down through the years, wending its way down the family tree. The father to the son, confiding in his boy all the secrets he must unlock within himself to be a man. But what happens when you don’t fit into the picture of your father’s ideal? Are you expected to pass down this wisdom to your own son? Are you allowed to break the paternal bonds?
•Did your father teach you insider information about “being a man”? Did he urge you to be more masculine because that’s what men did?
• What lessons or “privileged Information” did your father share with you about being a man? Did he teach you how to fight, or gut a fish, or any other activity that might be deemed to be masculine?
• If you have a son, are you planning on carrying on the male traditions in your family? Do you think little boys need to learn certain skills that men are “supposed to know”? How to build a fire, how to hit a ball, etc.
• If you have a son and you are not planning on sharing the “manhood intel” your father confided to you, tell us why you would make this choice. Would you allow your son to dance in a ballet class versus play on a little league filed?
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