Manspeak


“Man”hood? by bigplew
March 13, 2008, 7:24 am
Filed under: Masculinity

by Mike Plewniak

Dr. Mohler posts about a recent Boston Globe article about the “proliferation of “man” terms indicates a confusion over manhood and masculinity.”

Mohler’s thoughts:

“This really does get to the heart of the issue. Men should not expect to be comfortable with an understanding of masculinity that is not based in these roles and responsibilities. When manhood is not defined in these normative terms, confusion necessarily follows — complete with a new and confusing vocabulary.

In a biblical perspective, manhood is defined in these roles and responsibilities.  A man is defined in terms of who he is and what he does in obedience to God.  A society that rejects or sidelines these roles and responsibilities — that does not honor fatherhood and hold it out as expectation — will sow seeds of disastrous confusion.  The damage to our language is among the least of our problems.

While the Bible clearly honors men who forfeit the blessings of wife and children for the sake of the Gospel (see, for example, 1 Corinthians 7:7-9, 32-28), the history of the Christian church indicates that these represent a minority.  The normative expectation is that a young man will mature to take on the role of “father/protector/provider” that Peters correctly sees as “not considered as necessary or desirable as it once was” within the secular culture.  Those men who are faithfully living out these responsibilities are not likely to be too concerned about finding true masculinity.  They are living it.

When this expectation is no longer normative, it should be no surprise that men struggle to define masculinity.  The focus shifts from family to fashion accessories.  Our language betrays our confusion, but the confusion reveals a larger betrayal.

We lie to ourselves if we believe that we can hold onto a healthy masculinity without honoring true manhood.”

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The article calls out phrases like “Manspeak” as being evidence of this loss of the true sense of masculinity. Was this convicting?

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