The Most Masculine of Traits

Last week, TIME released an article titled—wait for it—Fatherhood 2.0: ‘Does being more of a father make you less of a man?’

Feel free to read my response on DadBloggers…

‘I’ve always been secure in my masculinity. I don’t have any. I own (and regularly watch) The Golden Girls on DVD. I’ve no idea what a carberator does (or how to spell it), only recently learned what ‘first down’ means, and think Colin Firth is a fine actor. Maybe it’s no surprise that my career is a distant third in my list of priorities. Maybe the nature of my past employment has made that decision easier for me than other fathers.’

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…but, if nothing else, please read Tony Woodlief’s much more better reply:

‘Consider Teddy Roosevelt, the epitome of a man’s man. Accomplished hunter, soldier, and leader of men, if Roosevelt doesn’t qualify for the label “masculine,” then I’m not sure who does. But consider his hundreds of letters to his children, imparting encouragement, admonition, advice, and above all, affection….

But he also once hunted down a mountain lion and stabbed it in the heart with his knife. When I read about men like Roosevelt, I don’t find myself wondering if I have to be less of a man to be more of a father; instead I find myself thinking that I need to work on being more of a man and more of a father.

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And after you’ve perused these bits of paternal pondering, take special note of this lovely sentiment, taken verbatimly from TIME:

‘”Basically,” says Rochlen, “masculinity is bad for you.”

So are sugar doughnuts and beer bongs, and men hate to let go of those too.’


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