A Real Man in a Real Body

A woman and a man

A woman and a man

What is a real man? Well, I have to begin with the obvious – when there are no clothes on, the person with a penis is a male. If the adult person has a vagina and breasts, the person is a female, a woman. Typically, in the adult version of males and females, there is hair surrounding the genital area. However, appearances can be deceiving, even when there are no clothes being worn. Then, to be exact in our determination of gender, something necessary to first separate males from females, we need to turn to another source, genetics.

Simplistic graphing of gender

Simplistic graphing of gender

A male in the human species bears XY sex chromosomes, The male is also known as the heterogametic sex. If a human has an XX pattern of sex chromosomes, that person is a female, or as the homogametic sex. Now, one would think that the science of genetics would solve the issue of what it is to be a man (an adult male) or a woman (an adult female), but such is not the case. Even in the world of science, the issue is muddied almost to the point of being nonsensical. There are a number of ways that the patterns get disrupted producing a variety of beings that are still male or female or sterile or hermaphrodites.

01_manhuntThe image of the circle with the protruding arrow represents the male. This symbol also represent the Roman god Mars as well as representing the planet Mars. This symbol is also the alchemical symbol for iron. One could even say that it arrow represents an erect penis, the state from which an adult male could enter an adult female to produce a child.imply a matter of XY or XX patterns, the word “man” carries a lot of psychological issues and sociological demands that often change dependant upon the society and era in which a man exists.

birk5So, what is a real man anyway? Is manliness determined by facial and or body hair, the musculature, size of one’s penis, the number of woman with whom one has engaged in sex (or with men), the amount of money or power he has in society, the type of car he drives, the presence or absence of body piercings or tattoos, or the possession and use of a gun (or other weapon of choice)? If one was to use the evidence of popular magazines in our western culture, any and perhaps all of these would qualify a man to be considered as a real man. Can the absence of all of these allow one to still be a real man?

no nudismNow, questions such as I have posed above are not really about poking fun at the issue. There are serious things that need to be discussed. Men deserve real answers that seem to be hidden. But to begin, we need to ask these questions with seriousness.


4 thoughts on “A Real Man in a Real Body

  1. A complex issue indeed. All of the things mentioned can define a man. Other things that can define a man and the quality of the man is how he treats others and the type of respect he gives women. What type of father or husband he is can be defining as well.


    • Exactly. As I navigate through future posts exploring masculinity and the issues surrounding masculinity in a patriarchal world, I hope to find better answers for myself and perhaps for some of my readers. Thanks for adding your words here. I hope that you find your way back here often to voice your opinions whether they agree with mine or not. We are all in this world together. 🙂


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