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I Am Man - Feel My Power, Touch My Heart

July 03, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 184

I am a proud Neanderthal, I feel the Testosterone course through my veins like a raging torrent. Would I have been born in a different time, I would have built a boat and explored the sea with my family, a motley tribe of equally angry young men, our women and children.

We would go to war with the indigenous people of the lands we discover and when victorious we would mate their women. We would hunt for food, we would build our defences for the reprisal that must surely come.

We will violently slay intruders to our home and we will defend our women to our dying breath and those of us who survive will weep a river of tears for those that are lost.

We will take our boys on long hunts, so that they may learn the ways of our people and learn to provide for us when I am too old and frail to do so.

Our daughters will stay with our women and learn how to tend the gardens, repair nets to catch fish and learn the ways their mothers keep their husbands healthy, vital and strong. For we are your proud defenders.

We, your men, will return from our hunt, exhausted, dirty and smiling. Proudly displaying for you the rewards of our efforts. We have missed you, we long for re-connection with you. We mate you, right there, in front of everyone. You are my woman, I am your man. Together we will prevail.

Alas, it is not a different time. It is 2012. There are no foreign lands to conquer, My society tells me that the testosterone that makes me uniquely male is unwanted and inappropriate. If I protect my family with all the violence I can muster, I will be taken away from them by a government that deems me unfit while they protect your rights to enter my home.

If I play a sport that allows me to exercise and explore the fullness of my masculinity, I must do so within prescribed limits that are designed to protect the weak. Instead of being celebrated for my aggression, I am vilified as a criminal in the court of public scrutiny.

If I bed your woman and breed with her because you are too weak to stop me, both she and I will be castigated, though our primal instinct is to do just that.

If I take a young boy to hunt, we must do so secretly, so that his peers and teachers do not learn about these violent and inappropriate methods of collecting food. Instead, I must live on the pre-packaged, vacuum sealed, chemically sanistised rubbish a faceless corporation deems suitable for my nutritional needs within the confines of their profitability.

I am a man. It is 2012 and there is no place for me here. 2012 doesn't celebrate and empower a man. We emasculate him and tell him that his ways do not fit and are unwanted. 2012 doesn't allow men to fail. 2012 doesn't allow us to make mistakes, to explore and express without punishment. And so we hide it, and we bottle it up and we push it down until we either quell our pain in a never ending cycle of soul numbing substance abuse and food or we explode and the ramifications of that are seen daily in the five o'clock news.

I am a man. I have simple needs. To love my woman, to put food in our family's bellies, to share my stories with our children and our friends and to celebrate our living through songs and dance. Like day and Night, there will be good times and there will be bad. I will lead our family on our journey and I will weather the storms that face us for I know that my woman has my back and that she is the reason I live.

And I will cry again when she dies.

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