„If men are not supposed to tell women how women must behave, what right do women have to demand that men cater to their interest? Who are they to tell men that manhood means? Why should men accept their authority? What the Hell do women know about it what it means to be a man?“

"Mother May I" Masculinity
A Sky Without Eagles (2014)

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