Write five to seven sentences defining what it means to be masculine or manly in twenty-first century American culture. Give examples from movies, television, or your own experiences to support your definition. Proofread carefully to avoid errors in sentence structure, usage, and mechanics. Allow two classmates to proofread your blog entry b
Will P.
1/11/2012 10:31:28 pm

What "America" has taught me is that to be a man, you have to have a steady job. You need to keep in "shape." You need to be at least 18. You need to be able to do stupid and ridiculous things (see who can drink the most at a party).
The most famous and ridiculous one that I know (that I can't stand) is you've had to have laid with a woman.

Antonio G.
1/11/2012 10:31:42 pm

I think that males are so expected to be good at sports. That's something in american culture that is very masculine. I'm not trying to be a sexist but that is why is goes back to many years ago. We all know that sports are manly games to play.It's very entertaining to see people playing sports and there no good but its okay. This has been a comment by your's truly Antonio G.

Mrs. K
1/11/2012 10:35:09 pm

I grew up with very masculine male relatives. Masculine to me meant being in control, being in charge, and being tough. These men hunted, fished, and spent most of their time outdoors. As an adult, I appreciate men who are strong mentally and emotionally, but physical strength doesn't matter as much to me. Sadly, I believe as a culture we have "womanized" men. We want them to cry in public, go on talk shows and spill their guts, and do housework. I'm sure there's a balance in there somewhere, but we have not found it as a culture.

1/11/2012 10:39:30 pm

Being a man in America may be defined differently to many groups, some teens believe being a man consists of who can get the most chicks or get into the most amount of trouble. But to me that isn't a real man, to me being a real man means; to be a provider for your family. Its not all about the muscles (though it may seem attractive). Being a man is about leading your family in the right path and being in charge.

Mohammad N.
1/11/2012 10:40:11 pm

I am in America so that means i am a man.In America you have jobs and responsibilities.Also,you have to be 18 years old.A man has to do his responsibilities right and do his daily routine.He has to work,help and do whatever is right.There are more things that describe you as man but for me it is responisibilities.Most men play sports and that is half meaning of man.

Adam B
1/11/2012 10:41:13 pm

In todays world being a man is way different than what it meant to be a man a few hundred years ago. While others might say manliness as being an athlete, or good looking. I consider manliness as a man who can hold down a job, and support his family. Whenever there is misfourtane in his life he doesn't bail on his family. I live in a family where My dad, uncles and cousins are all married and have only been married once. They grew up with christian morals and used them all of their life. When times got hard, and my dad got laid off he never stopped looking for a job. What ever assitance from the government we were getting wasn't going to last forever, he kept his head up and got a job two weeks after being layed off. If a man can support his family, and make a living then he is in my opinion a real man.

1/11/2012 10:42:42 pm

My opinion of a man would be, when you've grown up and you know how to make decisions. You should know what is right from wrong. You also have to be strong and work out and keep in shape and keep healthy. Also, a man should be able to take care of his family.

1/11/2012 10:43:07 pm

What does it mean to be a man in the 21st century? It means getting a job and supporting yourself.You have to buy a house or rent a apartment and move out of your parents home. That is my definition of manliness. My example is anybody with a job supporting them self.

1/11/2012 10:44:17 pm

I grew up in America with just a brother as a dad he is the man in the family. He takes care of me, my sister, and my mom. He has control of what we do and what were not allowed to do(sometimes).He is the man of the house, and he has to be ready for anything that comes our way. My mom is the mucsle in the family too, because she doesn't take anything from anybody when it concerns her kids.

1/11/2012 10:44:39 pm

Living in America people watch a lot of TV and that’s where most people learn to be what they think is masculine. As a child, I didn’t watch TV and I spent my time outside or listening to music and that’s where I got my idea of masculinity. Rock music told me “it’s ok to be different,” and RAP music told me “don’t be a punk and take care of what’s mine”. If I can make the right choices and take care of what is important to me and my family that is masculine to me.

1/11/2012 10:45:20 pm

Over the course of time, the definition of being masculine has been altered with different cultures’' perceptions of the word. Even in different species, the role of a male varies in different wild life settings. In penguin species, the male penguin has to stay and protect the egg through winter months while the female penguin must go out in search of food. In species of lion, the females must hunt and capture prey while the male must fend off occasional attacks from other predators. In humans, the male is to provide for and protect his family while the female is expected to care for the children and maintain the household. Though these examples are different, they all share one thing in common. The overall definition of being masculine is to protect one’s family.

Zarar C
1/11/2012 10:45:47 pm

Some see masculinity as the male who is strongest or most masculine. Some think manliness is the different traits that people see in men. A definition I am more comfortable with would be that manliness is a trait that men have, the way that some men have more masculinity is because of the things they did to prove themselves above others. Some of the traits of manliness would be bravery, or perhaps even loyalty. An example I could think of would be some of the ancient heroes who are regarded as manly. Perhaps Hercules from ancient Greek would be an appropriate example seeing that his manliness was proved due to his exploits as a hero and the acts he committed as a hero.

Robert B
1/11/2012 10:46:25 pm

Being manly means being a provider and a leader for your family. The leader protects and save his family and friends. To be able to keep a job and going to the gym. To express your manliness and not acting like a little punk and let the wife run the house. Not acting like a girl and man up. Never give up and never back down from a fight.

1/11/2012 10:48:03 pm

In this culture, in order to be titled as a man you have to be something in life. Like the men on Washington St., those aren’t men because they aren’t doing anything with their life but, wasting it. If you’re a man then it’s expected of you to take care of your household to the best of your abilities. When you have learned to be mature and able to understand your responsibilities in life, then you will know you’re a man.

1/11/2012 10:48:32 pm

I think in America men think they have to be stronger than women physically and mentally. I think a man who is manly has to be strong yet kind hearted. He has to show his strength and be gentile when needed. I heard somewhere a man is only a man when he is not afraid to show he is afraid. My dad is this way and so is my brother. I have seen some men who think they are manly when they are stronger or when they have control of their family.

Brenda A.
1/11/2012 11:07:50 pm

A Masculine man means to me a man that takes care of his family. He’s one in charge in the house. Being in shape doesn’t make you manly but being a gentleman does. I think my dad is manly because he takes care of us and he’s a good father.


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