Can Beautiful Black Women Make a Man Feel Like a Man?

| 12/10/2011 | Comments (6)

Black Ministers, Pastors, and relationship columnists and authors of both genders frequently lay responsibility at the feet of Black women for the demise of the Black family and Black male/female relationships. One of the chief reasons given for such failure and for what they perceive to be the justified abandonment of Black women is that beautiful Black women “don’t know how to make a a Black man feel like a man.” Is such a thing possible? If a Black man doesn’t feel like a man, isn’t that HIS fault, and shouldn’t it be HIS responsibility to correct?  When did women get the power and responsibility to care for and uplift Black men, and make them feel something for themselves that they apparently do not and cannot feel without a woman’s intervention. When did this happen? Do Black women really have the power to make a man that doesn’t feel very manly, “feel like a man” all by herself?

Why is it a woman’s responsibility to “make a man feel like a man?” In my opinion, this mode of thinking in the Black community has encouraged Black men to become dependent on women for validation of their manliness, self-esteem and sense of worth. It is easy to avoid self examination and doing the work required for development of one’s self, when one has a convenient scapegoat for all your failings.

Feeling badly because your friends have a better job than you do, better homes than you do, better cars, more money, or fight less with their woman are issues a man should put the shoulder to the wheel and do something about. However, too many instead blame their woman for how they feel about themselves, charging her with the crime of “not making me feel like a man.”

In magazine after magazine, book after book, dozens of people tell beautiful Black women what is wrong with us and why we need to help the Black man. I have yet to read even ONE article that tells Black men how to make themselves feel like  a man. Instead the onus is always placed on the shoulders of Black women to do the work for them.

Why are Black women expected to assume responsibility for grown men like they are children? To prop them up, coddle them, flatter them even undeservedly, and pretend to be weak so he can feel strong? Why must we downplay our wonderfulness in order to make him falsely believe he is more or better than we are? Why can he not tighten up his game, develop himself as a man, and rise above us if it is so important to him to believe himself better or more in some way?


I’ve heard hundreds of times how a man needs to feel like a man, but I’ve never understood this assignment of blame. Especially confusing to me is when I have specifically asked men “what it is that makes you feel like a man?” and they have nothing to say!  So, that leaves me in a quandary:  if you cannot tell me what manhood is and the things that make you feel like a man, how is it you figure I’m supposed to magically know this? And if a man cannot articulate what qualities, behaviors, thoughts, actions or mentalities in him or others create manhood, how will he know that he is a man?

Sadly, it appears that many Black men are deeply insecure. For a woman, it becomes an exhausting nightmare trying to please them or stroke their fragile egos. When a man is insecure about himself, nothing you ever do or say will be quite right, or quite enough to satisfy him. It’s like throwing dirt into a black hole trying to fill it up. Such a man has no real standards for behavior and instead waits for a woman to TELL HIM that he is a man, which means she is defining his manhood – not him.

Modern women refuse to demote or demean themselves for the benefit of Black men, and will never dumb themselves down or negate their accomplishments. Instead of expecting or even demanding women downplay or discount themselves, Black men would do better to get on the stick and elevate THEMSELVES.

A woman in love will do all she can to support her man in his dreams and his quest for greatness – but he has to have his OWN dreams and put the moves in place to achieve greatness HIMSELF, not wait for her to do it for him.

If your woman has a Bachelors degree and you feel bad about yourself because she is more educated than you are, then you go get a Masters degree and make yourself feel better. He is making himself feel like a man, but she is definitely there as his cheerleader and partner.

That’s the kind of thing I’m talking about Shadid! Why can’t Black men assume responsibility for uplifting themselves and making themselves feel more like men? Why do they demand that women do that for them? Is being a man really that difficult?


You are asking how hard it is to be a man? Its not hard for me to be a man because that is what I was born to be and that’s what my father raised me to be. Being a man is just like breathing air, you just do it, you don’t even have to think about it.

Your second question “can a beautiful woman make a man feel like a man? is also a good question.  You are absolutely correct in your assessment – a man must first know he is a man. It is not something that a woman can define because a woman is not a man.  Now a man can define a man because he is one and he knows how one is suppose to be and what he is supposed to be doing.

I watched and learned about manhood from my father, grandfathers and uncles. They had clear guidelines on how and what to do. Defining manhood is not difficult. First,  man is a protector and a provider before he is anything else. That is at the core of a man’s being. You can’t go out and seek this from somewhere else. Some men are born to know what to do and others have to learn from another man. A woman teaches a man how to treat a woman and how to love a woman, but everything else must be already in him and sharpened by another man.

A little secret that men don’t reveal to women is that, sometimes we don’t feel like a man or that we are living up to the standards of being a man as defined by our community, fathers and the men around us. A woman can make or break a man just with her mouth. The tongue has the power to uplift or tear down. When a man is feeling down, most women have not mastered the art of how to talk to him and lift his spirits. Women tend to cringe when she see’s her man is not feeling manly.

Many things lead to a man feeling this way, but mostly its economics. So, a man who maybe working for peanuts but has a good woman at home who doesn’t look down on him and she builds him up, that will make him feel more of a man despite his economic handicap. Women just don’t know how much power they have in the relationship. Men don’t revel these secrets because they don’t want to give the woman a weapon to us against him.

I watched my mother make my father feel like he was the the shit, even when he was laid off from work. She never talked down on him and when she felt the need to be quiet and not say anything, that’s what she did. As a result, my mother got anything she wanted, literally.  I watched my pops work four jobs one summer, only getting 4 hours of sleep a day, just to buy my mother a brand new Cadillac and build her a hair salon.

A beautiful woman can either make a man feel like he is a god and a mans man, or she can make him feel like the devil and a little boy. So in short, yes, a beautiful Black woman has the power to make a man feel like a man even when he doesn’t feel as such on his own. HOWEVER, there is an exception to this rule…  if a man is psychologically scared from childhood and he has hangups about himself, then the answer is no, she can’t do it because he doesn’t have the capacity to believe in himself from the beginning.

If the potential for him to be a man is already there, a tactful woman can bring it out; but if it’s not there, then Jesus himself can’t do nothing about it.

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eLLe85
eLLe85

Triple co-sign to you both! Sadly, I cannot even imagine what a real life grown black man who is accountable for his own actions, thoughts, feelings and self esteem even looks like.

livingforpeace
livingforpeace

I appreciate both points of view. I like that he acknowledged that working with a man/child who has deeper issues is futile. That real men don't need to be put together but supported. Alternately, I agree with Deborrah, where is the article, just one, where men are told to man up on his own and we can be a team. There are more hurt bm(and bw)that are operating from unhealthy views of being a man. Many taught to be sociopaths from early on as a past post pointed out.

I think after reading this article, I realize something that is a reoccurring theme in the black culture. Shadid's presentation was what we all can see as some level of a normal adult view of being a man. This is NOT an insult but, I honestly haven't seen alot of bm willing to approach life in this manner. In fairness, there are many bw that don't understand much of that concept either. Conditioning, lack of knowledge or whatever the reason, the natural and normal isn't a pervasive part of the black culture.

Provider and protector being at the core isn't being presented, expressed or lived as such. If a bm is bringing any, all or some of the male core characteristics, he typically is resentful or feels there should be a hero worship involved. In all fairness, I don't see bw being the "model" of femininity on a large scale.

The words she says to "tear down", if that is the case, typically is tied to his dysfunctional views/actions/expectation of relationships,roles, life in general and ideas of happiness and her dysfunctional experiences with her own family of men and women.

Wash, rinse and repeat.

Cycles on a permanent recycle mode. So, the question is....how is this broken when neither side bring out the best in each other?

I see things changing but individually and usually outside of the bw/bm unions.

Deborrah
Deborrah

Why can't a man validate himself? Why would a guy put his self esteem, accomplishments, drive, ambition, pride and everything else in the hands of someone else? Did it ever occur to you that it might be too much responsibility for a woman to assume for a grown man? She is not your mother, she is your lover.

In reality, you men have to do all that work yourselves. It is not a female's job to validate you as a man, and most will refuse the assignment. You will flounder, going in circles while we wait for a woman to take control of your life. Then if she does, you will ultimately resent her later when you are the man that she always thought you should be. You will be angry because you are not who YOU wanted to be at all.

Validating a man with this "fix me" mentality, making him "feel like a man" when he does not feel that way by himself is a no win situation for women.

eLLe85
eLLe85

Actually,my co-sign was for Deborrah and Andrea.

blackcaesar
blackcaesar

I really cannot relate to all this stuff you guys write about because the Black men I know work, take custody of the kids, because the mother doesn't want to grow up, and don't seem to have this issue of "needing a woman to validate their masculinity". Or maybe they do, and I'm not paying attention to the signs. I had a father in my home throughout growing up and he is a medical doctor. I guess, fortunately, I'm just not that in touch with the pathological, dysfunctional Black American underclass. I feel sorry for you that you've not seen BM approaching life in a responsible manner livingforpeace. The natural and normal isn't a pervasive part of the majority of Black culture. Afterall, most Black children grow up in fatherless homes (unlike every other race and nationality), most Blacks are unpartnered and unmarried (unlike every other race and nationality), fail to graduate from high school, have higher incarceration rates, etc.... I remember watching this show about Carmello Anthony and La La and their big wedding with my niece. I criticized the fact that they were marrying after they had children already, instead of doing it vice-versa and she told me that I was "such a hater of Black people". Instinctively, and without a beat, I responded, "Well, there's a lot to hate!"

Andrea
Andrea

I agree with you 100%! This post, and the He said response, is a perfect example of why BM generally repel me. Insecurity, whining and entitlement issues are not attractive qualities. Why do certain people need to be told over and over again that SELF-esteem is about them, not other people?

The Black women who readily put up with this sort of crap (daily) must either a) Have reserves of patience and a love of fools that I will never possess, or b) Just be so desperate to please other people by settling for an a-hole who shares her complexion that nothing else matters.

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