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I grew up in an era where women wore tee-shirts that read, “A woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle.”  We were told that we could have it all, that men were the competition and that we needed to be liberated from oppression (?).  So I believed it…

These women made possible the opportunities that I have today.  But I will go out on a shaky limb here to say that I think we have gone too far.  Man-bashing has become a sport.  We have made all men out to be jerks, womanizers, couch potatoes, Neanderthals, or fiends.

True, some men live down to the stereotypes.  But we do men a disservice by lumping them all together in such unflattering categories.

Enough already.

It has taken me many years (too many) to realize that men and women are different – and that is just the way it is supposed to be.  We are created to be different, reflections of different aspects of God, made in His image.   To me, this, in and of itself, is reason enough to honor men for who and what they are. 

When I say that I honor men, I am not saying that I, as a woman, am a subservient toad.  I know who I am in Christ, and because of this, I am neither helpless, nor powerless.  (Hey, it takes some power to birth two babies!)  I am saying that men, as a group, deserve our honor, not our disdain. 

I am grateful for men who coach softball, who teach their daughters how to use power tools, who teach their sons to be gentlemen, who fight for our freedom, who protect us from crime, and who rush into burning buildings to save human life.  (Yes, I know women do these things, too.  Right now, I’m talking about men.)

I am grateful for dads who treat their responsibility like the sacred contract that it is, who tuck their kids in at night, who know the strength shown by saying, “I love you,” and who faithfully provide for their families.

I am grateful that even though there have been men in my life who were dishonorable, there have been many more who are worthy of my – dare I say it? – respect. 

I must take issue with that tee-shirt.  Men and women need each other, like parts of the same whole.

Perhaps if we stop putting them down, more men will cowboy up and be men.

Manly men 

 “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.”  (Gen 1: 27, NIV)


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