Gender and the Law Prof Blog

Editor: Tracy A. Thomas
University of Akron School of Law

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

The Three Ps of Manliness

According to the Art of Manliness Blog, the three moral imperatives (the Three Ps) for manliness are: 

1/ to Protect

2/ to Procreate

3/ to Provide 

I tend to agree with the accuracy of the general proposition.  But I don't think that it has as much relevance for my students' generation.  I hear my female students complain (or reflect amusedly) that there are few "real men" these days.  Most just want their XBOX, their bro-friends, and worst of all, their mommies (or proxy mommies).

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What ??!! Are you suggesting this is an accurate description of what some people think? Or how it should be? Because obviously these male imperatives have all been used historically to assert power to subjugate women.

Posted by: Tracy Thomas | Apr 9, 2014 7:24:26 AM

I meant by "accuracy" that I tend to agree that there is, broadly speaking, sociological support for this view by society. That is, I tend to agree that society, at least traditionally, expects men to comport with these expectations. Whether this is good or bad is a different issue; the Art of Manliness Blog also appears to refrain from any explicit normative assessment of these "three Ps."

Posted by: John | Apr 9, 2014 7:33:09 AM

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