Manly vs Masculine

Do you know the difference between manly and masculine? They aren’t exactly the same.

The dictionary defines manly as “having qualities traditionally ascribed to men, as strength or bravery.” Masculine refers to features, hormones, and appearance.   

Manliness is what you do. You can increase your manliness by acting more manly. (Nurture)

Masculinity is how you’re made. You either have a deep voice and chest hair or you don’t. (Nature)

It’s important to understand the difference in order to realize you are free to be as manly as you want. There is no genetically-determined limit to how noble, brave, romantic, daring, courageous, or chivalrous you can be. These are manly virtues worth pursuing.

You might not have been born as masculine as some men, but that’s got nothing to do with your level of manliness. Likewise, just because you started shaving when you were 12 and you’ve got broad shoulders doesn’t make you manly either. You might look masculine, but whether you’re manly or not is determined by your actions.

A manly man protects his family, provides for them emotionally and financially, and dates his wife romantically. When it comes to manliness, never stop improving your game.exa