OPINION – It’s Obvious the World Doesn’t Understand Wyoming Masculinity
Yesterday, I shared a video from Gillette that addresses male masculinity. The response has led me to believe that much of the world doesn't really understand Wyoming masculinity.
In case you didn't see it, here's the share we did yesterday on the My Country 95.5 Facebook page.
If you read the comments, you'll see that many people were upset with Gillette inferring that masculinity is a bad thing. Others saw some very valid points about bullying, chauvinism, etc.
For fairness, here is the Gillette video again in its entirety.
I am of the opinion that there is a big difference between masculinity and being a jerk. I don't think the rest of the world outside of Wyoming really understands what WE mean by "being a man".
I have a very good friend that years ago saw a guy with a woman at a local store. The guy was being abusive to his lady. My friend walked up to this dude and explained that he didn't appreciate seeing a woman treated so poorly and asked him to step outside so they could discuss it. After a brief belligerent response, my friend again asked the guy to step outside or stop the bad behavior toward the lady with him. The jerk decided he didn't want to step outside after all and went his own way without the lady. To me, THAT'S MASCULINE and it's a very good thing.
This is not to say we don't have jerks in Wyoming. They're everywhere. But, the guys I know that you would likely think are masculine are also honorable. They stand up for what they believe in and they know how to treat women right and the refuse to stand by and watch jerks do bad things without intervening. Wyoming masculine.
I think I know what Gillette was trying to get across in their video. But, I would ask them not to mistake masculine for jerks. They are two completely different animals. In Wyoming, the masculine also is commonly accompanied by honor. Big difference. And, that's a very good thing in my opinion and needs to never stop or be adjusted.