The Perks of Being a Man?

stupidityI’m not going to lie to you, I like being a man. We’ve got a lot going for us, you know. A lot of cool things are either named after us or have “man” in them somewhere: mankind, manhood, woman, human, see what I mean? And, because our we have outdoor plumbing, we don’t have nearly as much trouble with all those nasty infections. Plus, it’s really convenient; you can pee standing up! Not being the ones to carry and birth the babies, we don’t have to deal with that monthly visitor. All in all, being a guy is a pretty cool.

It’s not sunshine and puppy dogs, though. Men have been in charge of things for quite a while and, frankly, we haven’t done the greatest job. Not individually, of course. There have been plenty of men who have knocked it out of the leadership park, while others have dropped the ball a bit. However, there are quite a few who…, look, there’s no sports metaphor that accurately captures the magnitude of fuckage wrought by some men in positions of power. In just the past year, they’ve floated ideas like transvaginal ultrasounds, birth control causing spontaneous abortion and responsible gun control violating the Second Amendment. In short, they’ve made the rest of us look like assholes. I don’t get it; how do you take a gig as sweet as being a man and screw it up so bad?

Somewhere along the way, men got the idea that stronger equals better or even smarter. That, somehow, just because they could bring home the bronto-burgers, they should be in charge. Some men get their illusions of superiority from the Bible, saying that if we’d all follow what (they say) it says, everything would be hunky-dory. Which is kind of like saying, “If everyone would just do what I want, everything will be fine”. Unfortunately, history doesn’t bear out that assumption.

Look, I know it’s not easy being a man in today’s society. Things are changing and the end of male ascendancy is on the horizon. But that doesn’t mean you start acting like a dick all the time. I suppose we need to ask how we go from the current insanity that we’re dealing with today to a more equitable society? Somehow we’ve got to find a way to say “Ease up, playa (look, a hip hop reference!). Sharing power isn’t as scary as it sounds.” I’m just not sure what that would be.