In Tony Porter’s ACall to Men, the idea of manhood is significant for him and those aroundhim because he illustrates that male can express their emotion, not bedominating and promote equality. First of all, Porter’s view about manhood isimportant in society because it demonstrates that both women and men are ableto reveal feelings. For instance, when his father cries in front of him, he “looksat this as this fear that they have as men, this fear that just themparalyzed, holding them hostage to this man box” (“Tony Porter: A Call to Men”).As we can see, Porter is shocked by his father’s tears, because in the man box theyare limited to have emotions in front of people.
He realized that men are justrestricted by the social desirability but not really strong enough to ignorethe sadness inside their heart. Therefore, he wants to show readers that men canbe sad as well. In addition, Porter supports men to create their own path tolead their unique life. As proof, nowadays when he thinks about the moment he cameout from the room with Sheila and saw a couple of boys waiting after him, hefeels “bad about what was happening” (“Tony Porter: A Call to Men”). Due to hiswords, he is regretful about not refusing his friends invitation of being apart of committing rape. Being surrounded by the wrong people will make aperson become negative; therefore, people say that similar things cometogether.
According to the idiom, it is crucial to determine whether spendtimes with the wrong people or be the way you like. Last but not the least,Porter’s point of view towards manhood is to respect the feminine rights. To illustrate,men are the majority of seeing female as a property and objects, “so they’revery much a part of the solution as well as the problem” (“Tony Porter: A Callto Men”). This shows that both of the issue of violence against women and themethod to settle it is based on men.
In order to resolve gender inequality, menare supposed to treat women in the way they want to be treated, which includesrespect, friendly attitude and love. In conclusion, Porter tries to change thesociety by teaching readers that boys are permitted to cry, are encouraged tobe yourself and are guided to the equal generation.