I normally don't watch tv, let alone morning talk shows. But I did this morning. I saw a piece on the Today show about changing the definition of masculinity.
The article was about men changing their ideas about helping in the home and taking jobs traditionally held by women. But then it got a little strange, when Matt Laurer asked these 2 boys (that wrote the article) who was a good role model for this new definition. Maybe I should make their definition a little clearer. "A man that will do anything to be a good father and good bread winner." These city boys declared that there were none in the US. Except maybe Brad Pitt
Hello my wonderful wives, you and I know that this is completely wrong. We have strong masculine men. Men that smell like used oil and manure. Men that coo over their new babies, only letting you hold them when they need to eat or need to be changed. Men who exude traditionally masculinity yet have a softness that melts any persons heart. Men that do dishes and play with children. Men who fix the car and a broken water line. Men whose eyes light up when they see you, men who kiss boo-boos. Men with callouses on their hands and honey soft lips.
Maybe it is only a few of us living in the nowhere land of the US that has these types of men. Men that would and have done just about anything to make sure we had not only roofs over our heads, or food in our bellies, but the love that we and our children need to thrive.
No role models? All one has to do is read the blogs on my side bar to see that this is not true, and their concept of the new masculinity is not an original idea. Forget the mainstream "look at me" people. Look to the everyday to find these men.
Where are the "new to them" cowboys? One is sitting next to me now.