pandemo (pandemo) wrote,

On Becoming Men -- Frank Pittman

We become male automatically because of the Y chromosome and the little magic peanut, but if we are to become men, we need the help of other men; we need our fathers to model for us and then to anoint us; we need our buddies to share the coming-of-age rituals with us and to let us join the team of men, and we need myths of heroes to inspire us and to show us the way.
                                                ~ Frank Pittman (20th century), U.S. psychiatrist and family therapist.
                                                   Man Enough, ch. 9 (1993).
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