Men who won't bear responsibility but know how to cry...

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If you're younger than forty, you'll think this post is the product of a neanderthal born before the time when feminists finally gave men the freedom to get in touch with their emotions and cry. Let me set you straight. The author is quite capable of crying when crying is not a betrayal of his manhood. When Lazarus is dead, for instance. And he is a Presbyterian pastor who is gentle and kind, especially to his wife—which is much more than I can say for a host of men under forty years of age. In other words, what he writes here is not the product of being unenlightened, repressed, out of touch with his feelings, or beastly; nor is he a sexist or misogynist.

So here's the e-mail from our correspondent...

In a medical waiting room, I came across a copy of Field & Stream. I hadn't seen one for years & began leafing through it. There was an article on a fishing trip to the Minnesota-Ontario boundary waters. How it began: with an account of the author's depression because of his book's lagging sales and because of issues regarding his "ex" (In the contemporary world, the two letters are enough ) & the custody of their daughter. He did tell us, though, that he was feeling a little better because of the plans he and another woman at least they were both female) had to marry and "buy a house together."  This in a fishing article in an "outdoor" magazine!

Presumably the editors expect no catastrophic loss in readership. If they are right, we are in big trouble. A magazine read mostly by men that celebrates the public display of feelings by purported males. If they had run that story half a century ago, there would not have been a next issue.

Tim Bayly

Tim serves Clearnote Church, Bloomington, Indiana. He and Mary Lee have five children and big lots of grandchildren.

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