Essay about Being A Man By Paul Theroux

1021 Words Jul 6th, 2016 5 Pages
The essay “Being a Man” by Paul Theroux, is a piece written in 1985 about the disapproval of stereotypical gender expectations that is thrust upon Americans, including the author himself. He then contrasts and compares those sets of ‘rules’ and tries to shed light on the fact that men are just as oppressed as women. In addition, Theroux uses key examples from athletics and the writing profession to support his objections and personal experiences. As a person who doesn’t believe in the concept of gender roles, I agree there is a certain pressure men receive. However, I disagree that it’s the same oppression women have endured throughout history and currently face today.
During this essay, Theroux provides a correlative and valid point for the struggles of men and women. Nevertheless, the ending misses a crucial aspect: White men have always been at the top of the societal food chain. I find it offensive for the author to state, “but most men believe- and with reason- that their lives are just as bad” (13). Consequently, It takes a compelling essay and makes it selfish. I understand Theroux wants his readers to know that being a man is difficult too, but the mutual respect he gave overall, goes away when he says the two oppressions are identical. It mimics a certain All Lives Matter response, which fails to see the message of the Black Lives Matter movement. The beginning starts off a little careless as well, when he writes, “Masculinity is a little like having to wear an…

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