But after the intimacy-inducing rituals of puberty, boys who would be men are told we must go it alone, we must achieve our heroism as the Lone Ranger, we must see the other men as threats to our masculine mastery, as objects of competition.
Ch. 8 (Man Enough (1993))
As boys without bonds to their fathers grow older and more desperate about their masculinity, they are in danger of forming gangs in which they strut their masculinity for one another, often overdo it, and sometimes turn to displays of fierce, macho bravado and even violence.Frank Pittman
If fathers who fear fathering and run away from it could only see how little fathering is enough. Mostly, the father just needs to be there.Frank Pittman