The first meaning of the term manhood which includes the Royal Spanish Academy (RAE ) in his dictionary refers to the man condition . The concept of man, in turn, appoint a male or to a person in general (that is, to a human being ).
The idea of manhood, in this context, is usually linked to the masculinity : the quality of masculine. That is why manhood is related to those attributes that, traditionally, are attributed to mens : physical strength, courage, chivalry, etc.
These thoughts, of course, have a macho dye . The women they can also have physical strength and be brave: that is why they establish a link between manhood as a male condition and those qualities that threaten gender equality.
Manhood, on the other hand, can mention positive qualities of a human being usually. In this framework the expression of manhood of good to refer to the honesty, honesty and integrity of someone. It sounds strange, however, to point out that a woman has "Manhood of good", demonstrating once again the machismo inherent in this type of language construction.
It can even be understood that manhood refers to the positive qualities of a man who does not incur machismo . In this context, the subject that evidences his manhood is one who respects women and who acts correctly from a moral point of view. Another view adds that manhood should not be associated with physical force or a misunderstood courage that is exercised through violence.
The more we open our minds to the diversity and gender equality, it is more difficult for us to understand terms like this and expressions that tend to divide us and put the heterosexual man above the rest of the people. Let us not forget that machismo not only threatens heterosexual women but also any person who was not born with male genital organs and who recognizes himself as a man who is sexually attracted to women.
In other words, the use - and misuse - of the term manhood It can negatively affect an important part of the human population. Homosexual men, for example, tend to be victims of comments that cast doubt on their masculinity, as if it were linked to their sexual tastes. Returning to the process - slow, but existing - of cultural renewal that we are going through to gradually approach a state of opening mentally, we know that there are as many examples of male homosexuals, physically strong and reckless as of effeminate, weak and cowardly heterosexuals, among many other intermediate combinations.
The personality traits of each individual cannot be inferred from their orientation sexual, but are formed as a result of complex development processes that begin in early childhood and continue for many years. We are not the mere reflection of the bodily parts with which we were born, but the result of the experiences we have lived, so that the path that our personality goes through is absolutely unpredictable and may surprise us until the last day of our life.
As mentioned in previous paragraphs, if we are going to continue using the word manhood perhaps it would be appropriate to infuse it with a meaning that aims to "exhibit admirable values and fight for justice and equality", although it would probably be healthier for our language to leave it in oblivion to focus on those that include us all or that do not contain ideas subjective that respect a hierarchy absurd in which the heterosexual male reigns, since this scheme weakens every second.