Men From 5-50 Were Asked What 'Be A Man' Means. Their Answers? Surprising.

"We all have to walk our own paths."

Cut Video asked men and boys, aged 5-50, to respond to the phrase "Be a man."


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The YouTube channel continued its thought-provoking "One Word" series by asking 45 boys and men to respond to the imperative "be a man." The respondents came from all ethnicities and each came with strikingly different approaches not just in their answers, but in the way they seemed to view the question.

Many found the phrase derogatory or sexist, while still others saw it as a way of searching for inherently necessary masculine qualities, with strength and responsibility topping the lists for those who answered that way. Others questioned whether the question could be answered at all, and a few challenged the question's objective validity.

Be sure to watch the video at the end. It's an intriguing look at how modern men and boys feel about masculinity.

Here are a few of the responses that followed.


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Not all the answers revolved around qualities, however...

This guy mentioned violence against women.

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"What does that even mean? That's such a vague term: 'be a man.' You know what? Classically, men have beat the shit out of women. That's what men have done and so that's not the man I want to be."

While this 39-year-old took a more philosophical perspective.

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The respondents were divided in their replies, but their answers were what made the project so interesting...

Watch the full video below.

What do you think it means to "be a man?" Let us know what qualities you think men should have in the comments below.

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