One way to create a good culture of masculinity is for men to have female heroes and role models. Let me name you some of mine: From the Bible, Mary of course, the teenage peasant girl whom God chose to bring his Son into the world, to nurse him into manhood, then had to watch him die on the cross. No, I’m not going Roman Catholic any time soon, but we should all call Mary “blessed.”
I was just at a meeting where the (male) speaker seemed to be saying that, according to the Bible, courage is a distinctively masculine characteristic and fearfulness a distinctively feminine one. The cited verses (1 Cor 16:13; Isa 19:16) don't seem to me to teach that. I can't get out of my head the story of Baptist missionary Lottie Moon interposing herself between an angry mob and a man they were beating to death, announcing that the mob would have to kill her first.
Perhaps it would be wiser for men not to make claims about courage until after they have given birth to a baby.
Read anything from A Mighty Girl. So many remarkable stories about women we all should know. https://www.facebook.com/amightygirl/
Josephine Butler considered the mother of feminism. Married to English clergyman her contribution to the moral fibre of Britain and Europe, according to Prof Sarah Williams was as significant as that of William Wiberforce
Annie Dillard taught me to see the things I look at; Flannery O’Connor has helped me know and laugh at my hypocrisy and shallow judgments; I’d sit and listen to Simon Weil for days. I also adore and probably mimic the writing of Anne Lamott. Teresa of Ávila and Julian of Norwich were probably on a another plane entirely. Anna the prophetess gave me my retirement plan.