I just feel like every kid is growing up too fast
and they’re seeing too much.
Everything is about sex, and that’s fine for me.
I’m not saying I don’t like it.
But I don’t think it should be everywhere,
where kids are exposed to everything sexual.
Because they have to have some innocence;
there’s just no innocence left.
Male consciousness tends to be externally oriented, linear and focused on a goal, direct and explicit in expression.
Life is full of variety, more than we know or recognize. Male consciousness tends to manifest in male bodies, and female consciousness tends to manifest in female bodies.
But both can exist in each. Often, one predominates. But the potential is there.
If you think about it, you have seen female consciousness expressed in a male body, and male consciousness expressed in a female body. Furthermore, sometimes even strong males display a female side to their consciousness, just as occasionally females display a strong male side to their consciousness.
In this chapter we focus on the characteristics of male consciousness.
male consciousness tends to be a line,
while female consciousness tends to be a circle.
It seems nature exhibits these symbols in male and female anatomy.
Both male consciousness and female consciousness have positive virtues while being quite different.
Here’s a humorous video about one characteristic of the male consciousness. The video is called IBM – Keep It Simple:
Male Consciousness: External, Linear, Focused, Direct, and Explicit
Male consciousness tends to focus on the external world. Men gravitate toward:
— external activities,
— sports and politics,
— tools and electronics,
— cars and machines,
— mechanisms and wireless controls,
— building things and taking them apart,
— model ships and airplanes,
— remote-control cars, airplanes, and helicopters,
— playing soldier, shooting guns, fishing, hunting, running around, and being rowdy.
Many men find joy in putting together complex electronic equipment, and then mastering the complexity of a sophisticated remote control.
They can love the competitiveness of sports, memorizing baseball statistics, reciting a litany of background data on players and teams, their history, and wins and losses.
Males are goal-oriented problem solvers. This is an evolutionary advantage that is useful when they need to hunt for food or protect their family or community.
They like to solve problems
and fix things.
They love to achieve goals and win.
When men speak as boys, they may tend to be too direct and unsophisticated. They need to be “civilized” into being more aware and sensitive to the effects their words have on others.
Male consciousness tends to be relatively simple, playful, and action-oriented. Self-reflection, consideration of feelings, and examination of inner motivations are rarely the male default setting. Often those behaviors need more attention.
Once a high school graduating class was taken on a camping trip in the desert.
A creative writing teacher decided to lead the students on an exercise to develop their imaginations, to make them more sensitive.
They were given notebooks, pens, candles, and matches. The instructions were simple: Walk a short way into the desert, find a place alone, and proceed to “discover yourself.”
What did the girls do?
They followed instructions.
What did the boys do?
Since the assignment baffled them, they gathered together, piled up their notebooks, lit them with the matches…
…and started a bonfire.
In Dave Barry’s Complete Guide to Guys, the author tells a story that illustrates, in a funny way, one key difference between male consciousness and female consciousness.
A young man and a young woman have been dating each other for many months.
One evening while he drove her home, she says, “You know, as of tonight, we’ve been together for six months.”
She begins thinking that what she says bothers him, that perhaps he thinks she’s placing some kind of obligation on him, pushing him into something.
And he’s thinking, Wow. Six months.
And she goes off examining their relationship and her motives, where they are going…
And he’s thinking, Six months. That means we met after I took the car in for service, and…wow, look at the odometer. I’m way overdue for an oil change…
And she’s thinking about what he might want from the relationship, issues of intimacy and commitment and…
He’s thinking about how he may have been ripped off by a car mechanic…
And she’s thinking, He looks mad…Perhaps I said something too soon…
When the two of them start actually talking again, is it any surprise that the young man essentially says, “Huh?” while she’s trying to explain that she didn’t mean anything by what she said.
My synopsis cannot do justice to the original story. Dave Barry’s book is very funny precisely because, as outrageous as it sometimes is, he bases his humor on some very true and fundamental differences between male consciousness and female consciousness.
Male consciousness tends to be, and expects others to be, explicit. Male consciousness is not naturally responsive to subtext.
We will save examples of this distinction for the next chapter on “Female Consciousness.”