Who’s the Man?
by Nick Galieti
The stereotypical 1950s male is strong, rugged, doesn’t cry, is stern with discipline, but tender and romantic with his spouse. Some say men are expected to hunt and be a handy man, while simultaneously being sensitive and eloquent. Men in and out of the LDS Church seem to have different expectations.
What people expect of men today is vastly different than even 30 years ago. With each passing generation these perspectives vary from gender to gender and from culture to culture. Within the LDS Church some women treat LDS men like priesthood blessing machines, and some men don’t see their role any different. Some men see themselves as money provider and disciplinarian for the children, but can go and play sports or watch ESPN until they are needed.
Is there a right way to be a man, and who defines those roles and characteristics? We see several ways that we can see of what not to do, but it is not as easy to define manhood in today’s LDS culture.
- How do women view men in the church today?
- How do men view men in the church today?
- What are the roles? Responsibilities?
- Who are men expected to be?