Modern Media Myths

3 Myths of Modern Manhood: Our modern media tells us that in order to be a man today you need…

  1. Athletic Ability: If you are not a superior athlete you are not manly.
  2. Sexual conquest over women: If you are not a “player” you are not manly.
  3. Economic Success: If you are not “rich” you are not manly.

3 Myths of Modern Womanhood: Our modern media tells us that in order to be a woman today you need……

  1. Prince Charming: If you are good enough you will be rescued, if not, you must have some fatal flaw.
  2. A Perfect Body: Your value as a woman is totally dependent on your physical appearance (as judged by the media’s standards).
  3. A Painted Face and a Painted Soul: You must mask your true identity so that others will accept you. It’s all about what others think of you.

These are all lies.

Lies that lead to tremendous dysfunction in male and female relationships. Problems at home, in marriages, in families, and in relationships at all levels. These lies have caused all of us a lot of pain.

So how should masculinity be defined?

It should be defined based on “relationships”. What kind of relationships do you have? What is your capacity to love and to be loved?

What kind of son or daughter are you? What kind of brother or sister are you? What kind of friend are you? What kind of teammate are you? What kind of classmate are you? What kind of student are you? What kind of grandson or granddaughter are you? What kind of employee are you? What kind of co-worker are you? What kind of neighbor are you? What kind of husband or wife are you? What kind of father or mother are you?