10 Responses to Phrase “Man Up” (By Guante)

  1. Fuck you.
  2. If you want to question my masculinity, like a schoolyard circle of curses, like a sword fight with lightsaber erections, save your breath. Because contrary to what you may believe, not every problem can be solved by “growing a pair”. You cannot arm-wrestle your way out of chemical depression, the CEO of the company that just laid you off does not care how much you bench, and I guarantee you there is not lite beer in the universe full-bodied enough to make you love yourself.
  3. Oh man up? That’s that new super hero, right? Mildly-mannered supplement salesman Mark Manstrong says the magic words, “man up” and then transforms in to THE FIVE O’CLOCK SHADOW. The deep-voiced, massively-muscled, leather-duster-wearing super hero who protects the world from…I don’t know, feelings?
  4. Of course, why fight to remove our chains when we can simply compare their lengths? Why step outside the box when the box has these badass flame decals on it? We men are like cigarettes: we’re dangerous, and poisonous, and stupid.
  5. You ever notice how nobody ever says “woman up”? They just imply it. Because women and the women’s movement figured out a long time ago that being explicitly and directly  ordered around by magazines, tv, and music is dehumanizing. When will men figure that out?
  6. The phrase “man up” suggests that competence and perseverance are uniquely masculine traits. It suggests that women—not to mention any man that doesn’t drive a big truck, eats lots of stake, and have lots of sex (with women)—are nothing; nothing more than background characters, comic reliefs, props. More than anything, though, it suggests that to be yourself—whether you wear skinny jeans, or rock a little eye-liner, or drink some other brand lite beer— will cost you.
  7. So how many boys have to kill themselves before this country acknowledges the problem? How many women have to be assaulted? How many trans people have to be murdered? We teach boys how to wear the skin of a man, but we also teach them how to raise that skin like a flag and draw blood for it.
  8. Boy babies get blue socks, girl babies get pink socks. What about purple? What about green? What about orange, cerulean, tie-dye, buffalo plaid, rainbow?
  9. I want to be free to express myself. “Man up”. I want to have meaningful, emotional relationships with my brothers.”Man up”. I want to be strong in a way that isn’t about physical dominance.”Man up”. I want to be weak sometimes.”Man up”. I want to talk to my son about something other than sports.”Man up”.  I want to be who I am.
  10. No.

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