A Coward's Mother Does Not Weep: The Crisis of Masculinity in Armenian Society
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An Armenian man, by his very disposition, must be courageous, a tough guy, bound by honor, a prolific philanderer, an obedient son, a domineering father, a strict husband, and an altruistic friend. He is, in essence, a myth, constructed by his culture, extolled by its values, and in the end, he is doomed to fail. Why? Because he is a walking paradox. In fact, this paradox is superimposed upon him - the stature of Armenian masculinity  would have it no other way. He is Atlas, carrying the burden of everyone and everything around him. He is his father’s hope, and most importantly, his mother’s pride and joy. He is spoiled, yet responsible. He is arrogant, yet subtle. He is cruel, yet humane. He is cunning, yet dignified. He is, quite simply, the ideal archetype. And, he is a dying breed.
Armenian society; Armenian masculinity; Maternal devotion; Mother Armenia statue
Gender and Sexuality | Social and Behavioral Sciences | Sociology
A Coward's Mother Does Not Weep: The Crisis of Masculinity in Armenian Society.