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What Makes a Man?

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BertrandRussell Wed 27-Jul-16 09:46:54

I thought a companion thread would be interesting.

RobinsAreTerritorialFuckers Wed 27-Jul-16 11:46:30

Patriarchy.

MephistophelesApprentice Wed 27-Jul-16 11:50:02

Y chromosome and a testosterone dominated development, with it's attendant impact on neurostructural phenomena.

JacquettaWoodville Wed 27-Jul-16 14:31:51

A man is an adult human male.

BeyondBeyondBeyondBeyondBeyond Wed 27-Jul-16 17:22:39

Cock and bollocks
and/or
A Y chromosome

vitaminC Wed 27-Jul-16 17:32:13

A Y chromosome. No matter what other chromosomes they have, anyone with a Y chromosome is biologically male.

WilLiAmHerschel Wed 27-Jul-16 19:08:07

Anyone who has facial hair, knows how to use a power tool or who is incapable of multi-tasking.

hazeyjane Wed 27-Jul-16 19:12:34

Y chromosome and male genitalia.

BeyondBeyondBeyondBeyondBeyond Wed 27-Jul-16 19:43:11

Spider-catching ability

MephistoMarley Wed 27-Jul-16 19:44:06

Not a very interesting thread as I believe the answer is the same. Being of the male sex and being perceived as such by society at large.

BeyondBeyondBeyondBeyondBeyond Wed 27-Jul-16 19:48:45

Peeing standing up

SwissWank Wed 27-Jul-16 20:14:30

Snips and snails, and puppy dogs tails.

Nah, just kidding. Cock and balls. Every time.

SwissWank Wed 27-Jul-16 20:15:22

*Also superior bin emptying abilities.

BeyondBeyondBeyondBeyondBeyond Wed 27-Jul-16 20:16:00

Oo, and grasscutting abilities.

BeyondBeyondBeyondBeyondBeyond Wed 27-Jul-16 20:16:27

Likes beer and burgers. Or maybe steak.

SwissWank Wed 27-Jul-16 20:21:33

Scratches inappropriate places at inappropriate times.

Missgraeme Wed 27-Jul-16 20:23:46

A man loving kids that he didn't make. Just because they are fab kids!
So strings
No fuss

SwissWank Wed 27-Jul-16 20:37:39

That is definitely a thing men can do missgraeme although unfortunately a sizable percentage of penis and xy bearing men don't actually even take care of their own children. They are still men though.

(also you're in feminist theory and this is a response to another thread "what is a woman" which is a response to another thread over in the 'News' section. But the thread this based on discusses what women literally are. So xx chromosomes, breasts and a vagina or "identities" that you can choose to be.

BertrandRussell Wed 27-Jul-16 20:58:45

So if I identify as a man does that make me a man?

AskBasil Wed 27-Jul-16 22:10:30

Cock and Bollocks sounds like ejaculations. You know, like "stuff and nonsense!", but more vulgar.

BeyondBeyondBeyondBeyondBeyond Thu 28-Jul-16 09:12:03

Bench pressing
Liking football/rugby/cricket/racing
Being the driver
Tshirt, jeans and trainers

BertrandRussell Thu 28-Jul-16 20:39:23

Is that really what makes a man? How incredibly depressing.

BeyondBeyondBeyondBeyondBeyond Thu 28-Jul-16 21:22:34

I guess my sarcasm isn't coming through, Bert blush

BertrandRussell Thu 28-Jul-16 22:54:57

I did wonder. But I don't think this is a time for sarcasm- sorry. I know I'm sounding like a "humourless feminist" but I think this is a critical time for gender politics- and we need to think seriously about this stuff. Because if we don't, we'll end up back where we started, with men calling the shots, and women just grabbing what they can around the margins. These are dangerous times.

SwissWank Fri 29-Jul-16 09:31:19

Sarcasm was definitely coming through and I think it is exactly the right time for it. The point is the above things don't make a man and it is ridiculous to pretend they do.

Oscar Wilde can stuff it.

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