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    ubertar, boophus, Avilyn

    There is this idea about the natural state of the male:

    He takes what he wants when he wants it. He kills other males in competition for things and for women. He rapes women when he wants to, etc., etc.

    We are told that this is what men do ...

    And that they have to be taught not to do these things, which otherwise come naturally to them.

    I think that our rape culture were be perpetuated until, as a society, we re-imagine what it means to be male. I would assert that the above qualities of a man -- the taker, the rapist, the killer -- are as much a product of instruction as those other qualities that I find positive -- the male as a nurturer, teacher, builder, creator.

    The idea of the male as an abhorrent sinner in his natural state is not ubiquitous in all cultures. I suppose it proceeds from our Calvinist origins, like many other terrible things in our culture.

    "I'll believe that corporations are people when I see Rick Perry execute one."

    by bink on Sat May 26, 2012 at 10:32:41 AM PDT

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