Skip to main content
  1. Life
  2. Society & Culture
  3. Social Issues

American men taking back their masculinity?

See also

American feminists may be in for a surprise. A growing number of manly men in the country are taking back the masculinity that Betty Friedan and her ilk took from them during the beginning of the feminist movement in America.

As the author of the Feminine Mystique in 1964 Friedan convinced American women that if men did not have a “feminine side” it meant they wanted to keep females barefoot and pregnant. This actually came at a time when more women were making strides in the business and financial world. The result was men started to become “wusses” and sacrificed everything that had made them attractive to women in the first place.

Author Stephen Mansfield maintains that it is time for men to throw off the faux manliness and recover what has been lost in the process. In his book, Mansfield’s Book of Manly Men he explains how men can regain the manliness that is needed at this time in America.

He describes what a genuine man has including the virtues, habits, disciplines, and actions of true manhood. That means he does his duty and bears his responsibilities:

And that means recognizing that you are not here to live out your lusts, your drives…what you are here for is to own the responsibilities that a man has in his life.

In an interview with Glenn Beck on The Blaze, Mansfield laid out the maxims that produce manly men and which will change the present culture. It will be a way that real men can show their sons, their brothers and their friends what it means to be a man.

Beck read a passage from Mansfield’s book:

[The good news is] Any man no matter his appearance or voice, can be a great man, because masculine greatness is about the doing, not about the appearance.

He added to Mansfield’s message:

Greatness is about the doing. It’s not about the thinking, it’s not about the saying, it’s not about the appearances. It’s not about anything…People will remember you for what you’ve done: good or bad you will be remembered for what you have done. Do something. Do what you were meant to do.

Has the time come for American men to throw off the chattels of feminism and regain the masculinity that was once the mantle of their masculine selves?

Will John Wayne’s manliness become the role model instead of Adam Levine’s example of manhood?



  • Transgender cop
    A transgender police officer is stepping down from her position to run for office
    Political Office
  • Easter eggs
    Craft delicate, hand-painted eggs with flowers and other designs celebrating spring
    Easter Eggs
  • Subway message
    Subway customer finds 'Big Mama' written on her order
    Subway Message
  • Working from home
    Working from home can be an exciting venture. Get tips to ensure productivity
    Get Tips
  • Limes
    Rising cost of limes could be putting the squeeze on your favorite restaurant
    Expensive Limes
  • Pope Francis
    Religion: Pope Francis instructs how to fight against Satan
    Morning Mass

Related Videos:

  • Tricia's retro film review: Charlie Chan in the Secret Service
    <iframe width="420" height="315" src="//;autoplay=1"></iframe>
  • Tom Torlakson with children (2013)
    <div class="video-info" data-id="518086811" data-param-name="playList" data-provider="5min" data-url=""></div>
  • The KKK of Virginia
    <div class="video-info" data-id="518195657" data-param-name="playList" data-provider="5min" data-url=""></div>

User login

Log in
Sign in with your email and password. Or reset your password.
Write for us
Interested in becoming an Examiner and sharing your experience and passion? We're always looking for quality writers. Find out more about and apply today!