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(one's) manhood

1. One's masculine identity or attributes. It doesn't diminish your manhood to discuss your feelings more openly. He felt like his manhood was being threatened when his wife started making more money than him.
2. euphemism One's penis and/or testicles. She kicked her date in his manhood when he started getting aggressive with her. You're a fool if you don't wear an athletic cup to protect your manhood out on the field.
See also: manhood

manhood

n. penis. His reflexes automatically protect his manhood.
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The enlistment motivations of boys varied widely and included the desire to experience excitement and adventure, to prove one's manhood, to escape an unhappy home life, to demonstrate patriotism and devotion to revolutionary political ideals, and to earn a steady income.
"No" doesn't mean "No" but "manipulate me more." One's manhood, after all, is on the line here.
Defense of one's manhood. Homosexual panic occurs in men who think of themselves as heterosexual.
Somehow, it creates a perception that acting in an "extraordinary" manner is a testament to one's manhood and courage.
But let me suggest another rationale: the tribal urge, the primal calling for "belonging." The masculine imperative to prove one's manhood and bravery makes this longing to belong risky and dangerous, though, unleashing savagery and one-upmanship.
A storyline you thought A storyline you thought was about honour and reclaiming one's manhood turns into something far more ambiguous.
The characters you thought were heroes morph into villains and then back again, while a storyline you thought was about honour and reclaiming one's manhood turns into something far more ambiguous.
One can be a (masculine) woman with certain family members, with employers, or during interactions with the state but also have a section of one's life where one's manhood is validated with male pronouns.
In the end, "family dishonor" is arguably about public masculine humiliation, and often the only way to reassert one's manhood is to destroy that which has humiliated you.
For example, while it is still true that tracking and killing a polar bear is a step toward establishing one's manhood in Inuit society, there is also something to be said for tracking down a polar bear for 10 to 15 visitors who excitedly fire off their cameras for that perfect "shot"--followed by their beaming smiles, massive expressions of gratitude, and, of course, paying a fee.
I suggest that the media construction of the combat soldier as national hero is at the core of the rush to prove one's manhood in Afghanistan.
In the end, however, the very desire encouraged by flag presentation ceremonies to protect one's manhood, faith, and community became a compelling reason to avoid service in the Confederate army once the real chances of surviving a Civil War battle became known.
Unfortunately one's manhood was judged by one's capacity to down a vast number of crempogau and I always failed abysmally in the eyes of the parish.
Yet the students disagreed during focus group discussions on whether proving one's manhood is best accomplished by fighting or by acting mature and walking away from conflict.
It is their new anthem, their way of getting straight to the point and to the core of one's manhood.