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What Does It Mean to Be a Woman?
A Brief Essay on How to Be a Man: What Makes a Man a "Real Man"?Knowledge For Men
The artist Grayson Perry presents a new show looking at what masculinity means in the modern world. We asked our male readers to share their views. W hat does it mean to be a man in the modern world? In a new series, that started on Thursday on Channel 4, the Turner prize-winning artist Grayson Perry explores this question.
A Brief Essay on How to Be a Man: What Makes a Man a “Real Man”?
Being a man has nothing to do with age, status, or muscle. And everything to do with character. That these desires are out of our control. Our dreams, goals, and who we are, are a result of our nature and our nurture. They are out of our control.
One of the first times I told my story I was in prison, in a facility in Boston used largely for protective custody, to be exact. My talk was to focus on drug and alcohol abuse, but looking out over the crowd of some 60 inmates--including gay prostitutes and pimps who might not survive in the general prison population--I wasn't sure if I could get any words out of my mouth. My heart pounded with fear. I looked down, past my Armani slacks to my loafers, which were indeed Gucci, and then peered off into the distance, avoiding eye contact with any of the inmates, many of whom were now whistling at me. I started by describing a moment when I should have died, when, while hungover and driving along a highway, I flipped the car I was in.