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Are you MAN enough?

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 You must be dreaming, how gal fi have bad man a do house cleaning…not on my team. – Popular dancehall song by Mavado.

It is of the belief that men who engage in “female” dominated activites, are considered emasculated, effeminate, gay, p*ssy-whipped or just a push-over. Whoa! Before you jump down on me, this is still an issue this day and age, and yes, in the Western World. Dear reader, you must know at least one man, no, make that three men who believe that if they do housework and raise the children, that they will be seen as less of a man. However, there are those who do so quietly but in front of there male peers they are “manly” men, also, there are those who do not have this problem and speak proudly of doing what’s necessary to keep their household running.

So let’s analyse a few of these “female” dominated activities, in no order of importance of course:

The Laundry – especially handwashing it, because that is done outside and neighbours can see. To add more drama to it: the washing of women’s undies. God forbid but some men will have a stroke if they ever do this, then hang them out to dry and pick them up off the line outside. Mind you they have no problem removing it with their teeth during intimate moments. Also, these are the same men who believe women MUST wash their undies but do not return the favour even if she is sick or impaired in some way.

The Cooking – I don’t want to get started on this, however I believe men are much better at this. Imagine after a long day of work, this man reaches home long before you do and sits there waiting for you to come home to make dinner? Yes reader such men exist. I have a male friend (he knows himself), he lives with his mom, he’s unemployed so he’s home and will starve the whole day until his mom returns home and cook him dinner (so her fault for raising him like that, sad).The House Cleaning – Some men will dismantle and build up back their cars, clean them inside out, travel to the Amazon jungle and back on foot before they stay home and help with the cleaning. Wake up! It’s 2012 not 1512.

The Diaper Change – You know what gets me dark about this, they will say it’s the woman’s responsibilty because she gave birth to the child. I guess we were are like Jesus being immaculately conceived. Be a dad and help mom. Lawks man! Diaper change is not nice especially if you’re dealing with ‘solid waste management’ but share some of the burden.

The Combing of Your Child’s Hair – This one is a special and hard case when it comes to daughters, but I’m pressing on with it because there are Jamaican men who comb their daughters hair for school and they get all my respect. In a wider view, the best hairstylist in the world are men! So men do not require any changes in their anatomy to do such a task. On the other hand, I can’t too pressure the men for this but it’s pretty much breaking the rules and bending boundaries.

I think I’ll stop here. So, to the men out there, do you still think you are man enough to do some of these things and more? Take the poll.

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