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Men Are Physically Stronger, Get Over It!
04/02/2012

I e-mailed my fiancé from work relaying what I had just experienced in a team meeting.

At the end of the meeting, I mentioned I wish there had been more men available for our full-scale exercise to help us move all the heavy stuff. Not only did the two women turn on me, they exclaimed they were strong, didn't need men to help and they had accomplished it without men in the past!  Even more shocking, the men in the room defended them! They seemed so offended when I said we have to face it, men are built to be physically stronger.

I told my fiancé I just didn't understand how we've gotten to the point we can't even acknowledge what is basic human fact. I said I would rather let a man open the pickle jar or move heavy things than to kill myself just to prove a point. We don't celebrate men enough anymore. We want to turn them into women and that's just gross. He responded, "I love you. Plain and simple." That put the biggest smile on my face! When I was a young girl, I was a junior feminist but thankfully I grew out of it. A few years ago, my dad gave me your book, "The Proper Care and Feeding of Husbands". My fiancé will be well taken care of because of you! He wasn't so happy I listened to you when he wasn't used to opening doors, but he loves I treat him like a man and in turn, he treats me like a queen. Thank you for all you do!

Sincerely,

Beth

PS- I'm getting married in September! I can't wait!

Tags: Feminism, Raising Boys to Men, Real men, Social Issues, Values
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