In a not-so-shocking turn of events, a recent study has confirmed what we conservatives have known all along: men who feel the need to prove their manliness are more likely to engage in risky behaviors and ultimately have shorter lives. It’s the age-old story of young men showing off for the ladies and ending up with broken bones or worse. This new study, published in the journal Psychology of Men & Masculinities, found that in countries where manhood is viewed as more precarious, men live an average of 6.7 years less than men in countries where manhood is viewed as less precarious. It’s a simple cause and effect—put pressure on men to prove their manliness, and they’ll take more risks and live shorter lives. It’s science, folks.
— Ward Clark (@TheGreatLander) November 19, 2023
Now, some may argue that a willingness to take risks is an admirable trait, but let’s be clear: there’s a difference between calculated risks and reckless behavior. A real man knows how to be measured in his actions, like my dad. It took me until I was about 30 to fully grasp this concept, but now I understand that masculinity doesn’t have to involve proving oneself through reckless stunts. There are plenty of examples of strong, masculine individuals who exhibit bravery and courage without jeopardizing their lives or the lives of others.
Unfortunately, masculinity has become a dirty word in certain circles these days. But we should be encouraging boys and young men to be willing to take calculated risks, to try new things, and to step out of their comfort zones. It’s how they learn and grow. Of course, this doesn’t mean we should let things get out of hand. That’s where fathers come in. They should be there to guide and mentor their sons, passing down their wisdom and teaching them the difference between a brave and calculated risk and a foolish, life-threatening act.
In the end, it’s all about finding a balance. Let’s teach our boys to be strong, courageous, and willing to take risks—but also to be smart, thoughtful, and responsible. It’s time to let them find their own version of manliness without sacrificing their lives in the process. So, hold my beer and watch as we raise a new generation of confident, intelligent, and yes, manly men.