Does this sound familiar at all to anyone?
Several years ago I read a book excerpt or possibly an article about what it was that a “real man” did regards to relationship (courtship/marriage). I remember it as coming from a well known source but I’ll be damned if I remember details.
It was the type of narrative that said “real men don’t show emotion to their spouse as they must always show they are strong and ready for anything.” Or something along those lines. I remember it basically talking about how one should be stoic, unflappable, the bedrock of the family. Basically what it was like to be a “real man” and how it compared to “flighty” and “over emotional” woman.
That sort of thing.
It was from around the 50s (based on one of the illustrations at least - classic man in suit and tie and fedora - that sort of thing).
I’m trying to make a point about changes in social perceptions and expectations and I’d really like to pull either this or something similar out as an example.