NEWSWEEK OPINION: How to Be a Real Man

Dan Mulhern responds to Newsweek’s cover on the “Beached White Male.”

The old rules don’t work—as I’ve learned being married to a powerful woman. Here’s what I’m telling our son about modern manhood

Editor’s note: Mulhern is married to star Democrat Jennifer Granholm, the former governor of Michigan. After reading NEWSWEEK’S April 26 cover on how the Great Recession has left many men feeling shamed and powerless, he composed this letter to his son.

Dear Jack,

At your physical yesterday, the nurse measured you at 5 feet 9 inches. You have officially passed your old man. And at 13, you’re not done growing.

There’s never been a better time to grow into manhood, but not everyone thinks so. NEWSWEEK recently reported on the plight of the “Beached White Male.” “Man down!” they’re crying—and insisting we’d better man up. It got me thinking about what it means to be a man.

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