TW: mentions of Brock Turner’s actions, Alton Sterling’s murder, Omar Mateen, and generally all the horrible things men do.
What does Manhood mean?
Does it mean a penis?
If it means a penis, is it having the body organ, or does it mean being able to have sex with one long into the night?
If it means strength, is it the strength in recovering from a personal loss, or the strength in winning a fight?
If it means courage, is it the courage to defend your friend from hurt or the courage to hurt someone before they get you?
Is Manhood something that can be proved?
Can I prove it if I turn people into pieces?
If I stay in business because I squeeze profit
from the labor of people whose wages I cut?
If I move a troop into someone’s home
so I can massacre my way into new territory?
If I turn a woman into a thing to use
and throw her away when I’m done?
Is Manhood achieved by doing?
If I follow through with a painful act because it would be weak to stop?
Did Brock Turner prove he was a man when he raped a woman behind a dumpster?
Did Omar Mateen prove he was a man when he killed 49 people in a gay club where he was a regular?
Did Howie Lake and Blake Salamoni prove they were men when they apprehended, subdued, prosecuted, sentenced and executed Alton Sterling before he had a chance to defend himself?
Can I prove my Manhood by how I cope
with sadness, rejection and failure?
If I accept my weakness,
am I strong?
If I feel my fear,
am I brave?
If I allow despair to come,
will it go before it hurts anyone else?
Can I be a man by how I react
instead of how I act?
Can my strength be my adulthood
my courage be my heart
my penis be my body
and my manhood come
second (third, fourth, ninth) to who I am
and call it a day?
Originally Published at The Mellow Dramatist
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