from the art of manliness

The first step in a young man becoming an effective and respected provider was for him to attain “full and total independence.” Dependency in a man was seen as shameful, as it was an insurmountable hindrance to his ability to take care of others; a man could not provide for his own family if he was still reliant on his childhood family for support.

Becoming an independent man meant separating oneself from the nurturing caretaking of women, particularly one’s own mother — demonstrating you could stand on your own two feet.

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