“Man Up:” New panel discusses what it means to be a man

JACKSON, Wyo. – How many times have you heard, or said, something to the tune of “man up?” “Grow a pair.” “Don’t  be a sissy.”

It happens all the time, and we’re all guilty of it, says Jim Jenkins. Jenkins is a high school teacher and teaches a class called “Gender Issues in Society Today” (GIST) at Jackson Hole High School. He’s also a member of a new six-person panel of men, alongside Reverend Jimmy Barts from St. John’s Episcopal Church, CSN Executive Director Andy Cavallaro, Ben Bretell from Teton Youth and Family Services, Ryan Burke from Curran Seely, and Heath Miller from Jackson Hole Community Counseling Center that hosts monthly conversations for men. The next one is Thursday, March 14 at St. John’s Episcopal Church.

But so what if we tell someone to man up? Why is that so bad? It’s dangerous, Jim says, because of what it implies about what it means to be a man — and a woman.

“If the worst insult you can give a man is to call him a woman, what does that say about your view of women?” Jenkins says.

Jenkins came on the podcast to talk about the panel, about what we learn from the media abound gender,  and about what it means to be a man in today’s society. Take a listen below, online, or on Apple Podcasts, and don’t miss “A Conversation for Men” (if you’re a man) Thursday, March 14 from 6-7 p.m.

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