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what is the definition of a "man"?

obviously having a penis helps. but what is your definition of a "man"? what criteria needs to be met in order to be considered a "man"? does he have to be handsome and dashing, or is having a job enough? throw out some ideas here - what characteristics belong to your ideal man?
another question to ponder: is our expectation of what a "man" should be too high and lofty, too unattainable, unrealistic?
** i don't want this to turn into a male-bashing event. if your dh doesn't measure up, please state what you think he could do more/less. i don't want to hear whining about spousal issues.


Asked by AngryBob at 3:39 PM on Dec. 7, 2010 in Relationships

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Answers (10)
  • A definition of a real man is:
    A man who accepts you for who you are, is honest with his feelings, no game playing,
    A man who you can rely on in a crisis, who will stay calm and supportive.
    Who respects your feelings as well as having his own respected in return.
    A man who you can confide in and trust.
    and last but certainly not least, a man who genuinely cares when he says he does and shows it.

    Answer by mommy_of_two388 at 3:42 PM on Dec. 7, 2010

  • putting the needs of the family before his own, not doing immature crap like staying out all night with buddies a lot and more that I can't think of right now.

    Answer by sweet29mom at 3:45 PM on Dec. 7, 2010

  • Responsible- full time job,pays his bills,very little drinking,no drugs,family oriented (not worried about himself ONLY)

    Answer by butterflyblue19 at 3:42 PM on Dec. 7, 2010

  • In a very small nutshell, a good man is a hero to his wife, children and grandchildren....not to hot chicks or "the guys"

    Answer by gramsmom at 3:53 PM on Dec. 7, 2010

  • Be faithful, responsible putting his family in first place, caring, loving and it goes on but I think I would stop now.

    Answer by bratgirln1 at 3:53 PM on Dec. 7, 2010

  • A man is someone who is loyal, hard working, responsible, caring, not necessarily one who easily shows emotion but does other things that shows he cares. If he has children, he does what he has to to take care of them. He realizes he is a grown up and not a teenager.


    Answer by nmmama09 at 4:00 PM on Dec. 7, 2010

  • MY definition of a man is someone who is masculine yet sensitive, not afraid to show that side of him.
    Considerate and unselfish, affectionate, and able to verbalize feelings, thoughtful and giving, and looks are a plus, but not a necessity.

    Answer by older at 3:56 PM on Dec. 7, 2010

  • yes, im going with gramsmom's answer.

    Answer by tnm786 at 3:58 PM on Dec. 7, 2010

  • I agree with everyone. LOL

    Answer by gulfcoastmom4 at 4:40 PM on Dec. 7, 2010

  • AMEN! to all =)

    Answer by JplusAequalsP at 7:12 AM on Dec. 9, 2010