by Bloke in Takapuna
Two separate events happened today that got me thinking about a topic not often discussedâ€¦ when does a boy become a man?
Firstly, when talking with a mate about renovations to a sleep-out for their son who is about to become a teenager, the conversation drifted around, then to how much heâ€™s grown, how he can now help with the heavy lifting stuff of renovationsâ€¦ but also how he is now starting (trying) to grow a moustacheâ€¦
It seems in that household for him, puberty has arrivedâ€¦
So is he a man now? Or will he only be a man once heâ€™s lost his virginity? Or reached 21 and done a yard glass? Or something else? Boy one minute, man the next?
Westernised cultures donâ€™t seem to have much by way of formal â€śmanhood ceremoniesâ€ť marking the transition from child to man. So when exactly does a boy become a man? I know in one culture boys wear gloves filled with fire ants and need to prove their manhood by enduring the painâ€¦ Â Â Read more »