Masculinity can be hard to nail down. So, let's start with what masculinity is NOT. Masculinity is not how big your truck nuts are, how much facial hair you can grow, how many women have been in your bed, how much you can bench or how much alcohol you can consume. Now I know what you are saying, "What?! But Nicole, I just spent $60 on a brand new Woolrich plaid shirt and finally completed a decade long subscription to Maxim!" Well, hold on to your XY chromosomes, because masculinity is much deeper than what we can ever portray on the outside.
Life can be a very complex, twisting path that can leave many people feeling uncertain, insecure, or just plain confused as to who they really are. Identity is an essential part of being. What makes you "YOU?" How are you different than others? Several things in life can effect a person's ability to establish a strong identity.