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Understanding the “Man Box”

Posted by on January 19, 2012 in Parenting | 4 comments

I heard recently that Jay-Z is going to stop using the B word now that he has a daughter.  Good for him.

But I wonder, why did it take him so long to consider his words?  I mean he has a following of young men who look up to him (regardless if he wants them to or not) for a long time.  Also, I’m sure they copy his style and philosophies.

It wasn’t until the birth of his daughter that now he considers his use of the word offensive?  This brings me to think about a video that I found.

The person in the video is Tony Porter, and he talks about….well being a “man” and fitting into the man box.

When I watched this, I thought, wow, I’ve heard this said before to people who I know (family and non-family).  Some things he brings up, I’ve heard fathers say to their sons all the time.  I won’t say if what he says is right or wrong, but it did get me thinking.

There are some examples that he used that are a bit extreme, but it’s from his life, so I’m not going to judge–just a heads up.

So watch the video and let me know what you think.  Do you think he’s correct with one of the root’s to why women are  being disrespected?  Are boys taught to be in the man box from an early age? Or is it all lip service to a room a women.

You let me know.

Kalley C

I am a writer, a thinker, a mother, a woman, AND a homeschooling mom. Everything rolled into one. I write about life, family, faith and love. Most importantly, I write about life's events and what lesson they teach.

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