Scott Galloway: Not All Masculinity Is Toxic
Something I think is very rewarding, and granted I’m looking at this through the lens of a male, is to to embrace your masculinity. And this sounds unusual, and it’s a bit confusing what it means to be a man in this age, as we start to question gender balance, gender rights in the workplace and we’re having an important conversation around how some very powerful men have taken advantage of their position. But what does it mean to embrace your masculinity or be a man? When I was younger I thought masculinity and being a man was being ripped, being buff if you will, sleeping with as many strange women as possible and generally just making a s^&* ton of money at work. And as I’ve gotten older I’ve found that masculinity, or the rewarding parts of being masculinity, mean different things. Being a responsible head of household that provides for your family and has a real partner with someone in raising kids and checking that instinctive box. Being a good father, being a good husband, raising responsible civic-minded kids. Being a good neighbor. Investing in the health and well-being of a child who isn’t yours. Philanthropy. That makes me feel important. It makes me feel as if I am killing it when I can find time and money to give to other people. Voting. Being a good citizen. Simply put: decide that you want to be a man not a boy.