Originally Posted by Spartan
A man is an adult male, not some 'ideal' to be attained.
Nevertheless, I strongly disagree with your male 'ideal'.
I'm not ashamed of my masculinity, I'm ashamed that I live in a world where intelligent, rational people attempt to impose their dogmatic beliefs (in this case a stereotype of masculinity) onto others.
Then an adult is someone who is over the age of 18 (in the US at least) or let's say, 21 (when you can buy alcohol in the US).
So an adult is any sentient human over the age of 21.
Now you and I both know the word 'adult' has a literal and a broader meaning. Right? Yeah.
Spartan I'm afraid you're reading too much into this. I asked for an example from the article, you said the word "confidence" was a stereotype, and harmful because there are some people who have a hard time with confidence, some POSSIBLY suffering from illness beyond their control, then you're talking about fascism and stuff.
And you're implying that I am participating in imposing my own dogmatic beliefs... nonsense. I'm saying make the best of what you have, and since we're born to get down, a lot of what you have to DEVELOP are the unique strengths and potential weaknesses (potential strengths left undeveloped) specific to gender.
Maybe I'll rent Swing Kids now.