the cool, the hard, the distant
July 13, 2015 1:20 PM Subscribe
Think of the ways we talk about manliness: as making necessary sacrifices, doing what needs to be done, choosing the ugly truth over the pretty lie. In all of those definitions, we're still just talking about being good, brave, responsible. And if that's what we mean by manliness, then we have to acknowledge the fact that women are now — and always have been — as good at it as men are. Which, in turn, means that men can, and ought to, learn manliness from women.Franklin Strong for The Millions: The Manliness of Joan Didion.
If you're unfamiliar with Didion's oeuvre, check out what is perhaps her most famous essay: "Self-respect: Its Source, Its Power." (Originally published in Vogue in 1961, it was later republished as "On Self-Respect" in Slouching Toward Bethlehem, her first nonfiction collection.)
Here are links to a baker's dozen more Didion essays, and a few more on top of that.
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