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If your little boy tells you he wants to grow up as a woman, that’s fine. If she likes to wear pink և prefers dresses over jeans … that’s great.

My youngest daughter has a friend who is a natural man, she admits. He is seventeen years old and hides the fact that he shaves his legs from his parents. He does not ride a bicycle, does not run, does not dance. He says he just likes what he feels. She paints her nails. But he paints them, so I do not know. Maybe it was a long, boring summer for him.

If your son wants to put on make-up, wear a bra or have a menstrual cycle, this is fantastic. If a man’s goal is to get pregnant, he may be able to buy a uterus ացնել to do so, although some may argue that becoming a father will be easier: fun.

Most of us can remember when the boys should not have cried until their dog died or their favorite team lost the last game of the national championship. Proud crying is good. It can be contagious. And mourning is something else entirely.

I do not know what happened that changed that mindset. I suppose some young men went home from school one day to tell their mothers how they felt they were not free to cry of their own free will, and then they went to talk shows to discuss their feelings in detail. Then someone wrote a book about it. Eventually, crying became socially acceptable for boys, and apparently some of those little boys grew up holding selective positions.

Not every time, but sometimes, a crying man is found to be weak. It does not look very masculine. And I understand that boys who fight like girls are beautiful and not so well known, but normalizing weakness no longer makes it conventionally attractive.

A little boy wants to be strong, so do girls. And I do not in any way imply that it is not good for him to want to be physically, mentally and emotionally weak. That, too, is perfectly acceptable. He – or he – can be just a coward և, if they want to be proud of it, but if they happen to want to get stronger, let them be strong.

If there’s one thing we’ve discovered over the last year, it’s that shouting in the street does not make a person jump high. Whether male or female, real or sexual, regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation or political affiliation.

To be strong means to have the ability, combined with ambition, to raise և take care of yourself և your family. It means not being afraid to work. Whatever job you need. Whatever. Because living well requires work.

Being able to work is a wonderful thing. It is not uncommon for men to talk to me when I go out about what I have written, և they will often apologize for obviously working or wearing work clothes. I definitely tell them never to apologize for working. Willingness to work will forever be a respected trait. A working person can think independently.

Someone who knows how to work has reason to be confident. A self-confident person who can take care of himself ընտանիքի his family tends to be mentally and emotionally strong … like a cowboy. They will not be easily blocked or intimidated without a quick counterattack.

We may need some of them as the future unfolds.

Amanda Walker is a columnist for, The Selma Times Journal, Thomasville Times, West Alabama Watchman, and Alabama Gazette columnist. Contact him at or

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