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Marian Salzman  - What's intriguing is that part of the new masculinity, or M-ness, is man's recognition that he needs a woman. This realization comes, ironically, during the Era of Female Independence, a time when man can be replaced by boy toys, female lovers, abstinence, and even vibrators, ... Whereas men still need women, their traditional source of comfort and inspiration, women are increasingly less likely to feel the same about men. And that's changing everything about the rules of the game.

What's intriguing is that part of the new masculinity, or M-ness, is man's recognition that he needs a woman. This realization comes, ironically, during the Era of Female Independence, a time when man can be replaced by boy toys, female lovers, abstinence, and even vibrators, ... Whereas men still need women, their traditional source of comfort and inspiration, women are increasingly less likely to feel the same about men. And that's changing everything about the rules of the game.

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Andrea Dworkin - In this society, the norm of masculinity is phallic aggression. Male sexuality is, by definition, intensely and rigidly phallic. A man's identity is located in his conception of himself as the possessor of a phallus; a man's worth is located in his pride in phallic identity. The main characteristic of phallic identity is that worth is entirely contingent on the possession of a phallus. Since men have no other criteria for worth, no other notion of identity, those who do not have phalluses are not recognized as fully human.

In this society, the norm of masculinity is phallic aggression. Male sexuality is, by definition, intensely and rigidly phallic. A man's identity is located in his conception of himself as the possessor of a phallus; a man's worth is located in his pride in phallic identity. The main characteristic of phallic identity is that worth is entirely contingent on the possession of a phallus. Since men have no other criteria for worth, no other notion of identity, those who do not have phalluses are not recognized as fully human.

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