The Hazards of Being Male

The Hazards of Being Male When I was in college, feminism was becoming a powerful and transformative force in our society. Women at that time explained to me that “Women’s Liberation” was really “People Liberation,” and that the movement opposed rigid gender roles for both men and women. In this spirit, I have been reflecting lately on what it was like to grow up male. In those days, the draft for the Viet Nam war was in effect. Dulce et decor est pro patria mori, wrote the Roman poet Horace: sweet and fitting it is to die for one’s country. It didn’t strike me that way at all, especially about a war that had so many questions surrounding it. I felt a deep shock realizing that my count

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