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Being A Man And A Woman

682 words - 3 pages

“I have always disliked being a man. The whole idea of manhood in America is pitiful, in
my opinion”(Being a Man by Paul Theroux 1). With these words we can understand that now is a problem with the concept of masculinity. Manhood is perceived by society in the wrong form. Paul argues that the concept of masculinity is to "be stupid, be unfeeling, obedient, soldierly, and stop thinking" (1). On the other hand, Naomi Wolf argues, “In today's world, women have more power, legal recognition, and professional success than ever before" (The Beauty Myth 1). In other words, women are becoming stronger, more independent, more confident and have more opportunities than ever before. Now we can see the problem that masculinity is perceived by society is not quite correct, and may result in bad consequences. The women at the same time lose their life priorities.
First, Paul tells us that a man from childhood not correctly educate, and provide external pressure on him, forcing him that a man should adhere to certain rules. "At an age when I wanted to meet girls-let's say the treacherous years of thirteen to sixteen I was told to take up a sport, get more fresh air, join the Boy Scouts, and I was urged not to read so many"(Being a Man by Paul Theroux 1). This example gives us to understand that in early childhood men’s freedom taken away, it's limiting their opportunities, and does not allow think broadly. In consequence men grow up with all these stereotypes. I can tell that Paul Theroux is right because nowadays of democracy everyone has the right to be engaged in what he wants, and no matter what sex he has.
Secondly women nowadays have lost the idea of beauty. The ideology of beauty has changed a lot. Women have become more care for themselves, every day sold a lot of cosmetics,

slimming training apparatus, pornography. Plastic surgery has become more accessible, any
woman can take advantage of it.“It has grown...

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