Masculinity has many facets, and can be expressed in many different ways; no disagreement.
That said, we Christians call Christ both true God and true man, and in some creeds and confessions, we even explicitly identify Him as The True Man; the Second Adam or Last Adam, who exemplified sinless human perfection as well as divinity, in order to save us. In any case, though, that needn’t detract from us understanding masculinity per se as multifaceted, because there are surely many different kinds of ways to be masculine. God Himself is the author of variety, of our different personalities and individualities.
*This article first published at A Voice for Men.
Have you noticed everyone attempting to nail down the one true definition of masculinity? Its a bit like arguing which is the One True God. Likewise, with every earnestly researched and precisely crafted definition of masculinity, a broad acceptance of any single definition seems out of reach.
If you have an hour to waste on the internet you can discover hundreds of competing definitions of masculinity, each one vastly different, which raises the question of why we can’t agree on a singular, universal statement. Why the ongoing lack of agreement, even within the men’s movement which sets out to champion that very topic of “men” and “masculinity”?
There’s no doubting that underlying physiological structures are shared among all males, the base unity of masculine potentials: a Y chromosome, androgens, muscles and penises. But this tells us little about how individual men…
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