Pausanias, who delivers Symposium’s second speech, explains some of the societal norms governing male homoerotic affairs. The rules by which an older man and his boyfriend ( usually a young man who has probably not yet grown his beard) may behave are rigid and strongly enforced by society’s moral code. Pausanias reveals that the nature of this relationship is pursuer/pursued: “And as for attempts at conquest, our custom is to praise lovers for totally extraordinary acts” (182e Symposium). Pausanias emphasizes the morality further when he discusses the circumstances under which it is acceptable to gratify a lover. It is acceptable when “...and when the lover is able to help the young man become wiser and better, and the young man is eager to be taught and improved by his lover-then, and only
The style of writing in this book consists of the examples from authors own experienced and the plans for men to overcome impurity of sexual in their life. This book brought readers through six parts of how to win the sexual temptation. Part one, “where are we?”, explained the understanding of sexual temptation in men and experienced of authors used to face. Part two, “how we got here?”, brought the element and standard of God from the Bible concern with sexual purity and the roots of sexual temptation in men. Part three, “choosing victory”, encourage readers to decide what they should do to accomplish sexual purity.
Paul never stated that he wanted a sexual relationship with Johnny but he wanted his love and a close relationship with him. “What does Mister have that I don’t?”…“And what is it about me that Johnny Ray doesn’t like?” (Pg.280) Two men can share love without having or implying sex. Look at two close male friends or a father and son. However because Paul doesn’t clearly express his full intentions about Johnny the reader is left to infer a lot of Paul’s feelings for Johnny, however a more appropriate explanation for Paul’s feelings is that he wants nothing more than a emotional relationship with Johnny Ray; namely his acknowledgement in
According to Bordo’s claims made in the essay, a man’s worth and pride are challenged with accusations that “real” men do not choose clothing that will enhance their appearance, do not look in a mirror, nor are they even supposed to know what a mirror looks like because each of these things would – stereotypically, of course – immediately turn a man gay. In addition to these ideas, homophobia is more complexly present in this new taboo, as the text suggests that to be so dependent on the gaze of another person for one’s sense of self worth is incompatible and contradictory to being a real man (Bordo 134) . However, she provides the reader with a quick rebuttal in their defense, stating that maybe heterosexual men would feel more
She uses Michael Jordan as an example of his masculinity in sports and femininity in dressing style. We do not generally poke fun at Jordan because he already has gained that respect from the public. To this point, Bordo draws an implication that men are afraid to dress well because they do not want to be judged by everyone else as a metrosexual and be stereotyped as a homosexual. Most try to stay inside the norms which expectations have created for us (in a way taking out uniqueness) and dare not to venture out. Bordo and I would both agree that as long as a man is secure with his own sexuality he will not have a problem dressing the way he would like
To prove the Oracle wrong Socrates went searching for a wiser man than he in Athens. During his trail he mentioned of his search and how he made enemies of men take he interviewed and told them they were knowledgeable but not wise. I learned what made the other men unwise is that they consider themselves wise and full of knowledge, one person should alway strive to be wise but never attaining it, because it is impossible to know everything and have absolute
If ones pleasure is derived from sex with a partner of the same sex, and the deep love of a life partner is expressed to one of the same sex, then there cannot be anything wrong with that. The same biological urges that could lead to procreation in a heterosexual couple can be seen also in gay couples. A homosexual couple will go through lengths of artificial insemination, in the case of a lesbian couple, or adoption or hiring a surrogate mother in the case of a gay male couple. Denying the marriage of two people in love, by the ethical standards or our society is wrong. It is denying one the right to the pursuit of happiness.
His interest and involvement in Dr. Jekyll’s affair contradict with the introduction of his personality in the very beginning of the book, which shows his indifference toward immorality and lack of social skill. s Mr. Utterson likes this letter because it says that his friend Dr. Jekyll is not blackmailed and the evil person Mr. Hyde will not distract Dr. Jekyll again. Also Mr. Utterson feels guilty and blames himself for his past suspicions, for Mr. Hyde does not intend to blackmail Dr. Jekyll at all. By contrast, Mr. Hyde fully realizes his unworthiness of inheriting Dr. Jekyll’s properties. However, Mr. Utterson is upset with the fact that the letter was from Dr. Jekyll as well after he lets his clerk compare the letter with Jekyll’s own
Emerson illustrates that although occupations like philanthropists seems like a beneficial thing, he would still sometimes consider it to be “malice and vanity.” (Page 22) Instead of trying to show off our goodness by helping those far away from us, why don’t we just simply do what’s right in concern of ourselves? Men should use virtue as a “penance,” (Page 23) instead of as a tool to gain social recognition. Kindness is the responsibility of every man. We should do it by natural means in order to respect our creators, not to conform. A man can only truly be a man when he follows his own thoughts and personalities, when he/her breaks free from all restrictions and outside judgments.
Brian Sucher Marci Boyle English 102 C07 18 February 2011 Society’s Effects on Male Identity From birth, a man is brought up to be masculine, tough, and to bury his emotions so that he may better provide for his family. Many cultures throughout the world value characteristics such as competitiveness and strength, characteristics men strive to possess. At the same time, many characteristics such as being emotional and compassionate are seen as feminine qualities that a man shouldn’t possess. Society deems that men conveying these emotions are to be negatively judged and open way for claiming homosexuality. The product of a male's surroundings has forced the burly, “macho” stereo-type we are now exposed to nationwide.