‘Manhood – Is It Being Threatened?’ written by Luke Frost published in Great Health Guide (June 2016). Female competence can be threatening to the male. So, what is he thinking when girls do ‘typical’ guy stuff? A light-hearted tongue-in-cheek article written by Luke (from a male’s perspective). Read other mindset articles on Great Health Guide, a hub of expert-inspired resources empowering busy women to embody health beyond image … purpose beyond measure.
Mindset: Manhood – Is It Being Threatened? written by Luke Frost
This is a slightly tricky one for a man to talk about. While guys tend to look favourably on girls doing typical ‘guy stuff’ to a certain extent, there is a point when it becomes a bit too much and it can make us feel a bit emasculated and quite inadequate.
Let me elaborate.
Fixing things – a man’s job
My sister-in-law has a complete set of spanners that are a whole lot better than mine. They’re in one of those really cool tool-chests with spring-loaded drawers and wheels to make it easy to roll around the garage, looking for things to fix. I was impressed when I first saw them, no question. They come from a time before she was married when she was a hip young thing taking care of business and getting the job done on her own. This becomes endearing, because you know she is capable of fixing things…but she doesn’t need to anymore because she has a bloke around the place to do it instead. We’re good at fixing things. It is in our DNA. Replace a lightbulb? Man’s job! We are slightly taller on average, after all. Fix a washer? Man’s job! We are physically stronger and remember how things go back together once we take them apart (ahem). Clean out the gutters? Sure, we are good at climbing and like getting our hands dirty.
There comes a point where we feel useless if girls are doing too many ‘guy-things’ around the house. It often means that we have left that job for too long and you have become sick of it not being done. Your insistence on doing it yourself is a sign that you are displeased; so the whole thing develops a negative vibe about it.
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