A male in the human species bears XY sex chromosomes, The male is also known as the heterogametic sex. If a human has an XX pattern of sex chromosomes, that person is a female, or as the homogametic sex. Now, one would think that the science of genetics would solve the issue of what it is to be a man (an adult male) or a woman (an adult female), but such is not the case. Even in the world of science, the issue is muddied almost to the point of being nonsensical. There are a number of ways that the patterns get disrupted producing a variety of beings that are still male or female or sterile or hermaphrodites.

The image of the circle with the protruding arrow represents the male. This symbol also represent the Roman god Mars as well as representing the planet Mars. This symbol is also the alchemical symbol for iron. One could even say that it arrow represents an erect penis, the state from which an adult male could enter an adult female to produce a child.

So, what is a real man anyway? Is manliness determined by facial and or body hair, the musculature, size of one’s penis, the number of woman with whom one has engaged in sex (or with men), the amount of money or power he has in society, the type of car he drives, the presence or absence of body piercings or tattoos, or the possession and use of a gun (or other weapon of choice)? If one was to use the evidence of popular magazines in our western culture, any and perhaps all of these would qualify a man to be considered as a real man. Can the absence of all of these allow one to still be a real man?

Now, questions such as I have posed above are not really about poking fun at the issue. There are serious things that need to be discussed. Men deserve real answers that seem to be hidden. But to begin, we need to ask these questions with seriousness.