I sometimes feel under appreciated within my own family, but I'm not going to beef about it because I'm a man. Suffice to say, sometimes women in a family like to gang up on and bully men. It's a bit sad, but it's up to me to deal with it.
I do have a "hero" who is a privilege to know and has supplied a few quotes for my website. He suffered from the same thing a lot worse and has been rejected by his wife and daughter, completely unfairly, and while it's their loss, it doesn't have to be that way.
"... there are many men who perhaps feel threatened, de-masculinated ... by ... by strong women and/or other men." - I seem to have this effect on some insecure men, I think it's because I'm a very happy person, hard as nails (underneath), and kind to women. Also, a pretty boy, and it drives them nuts. (ho ho)
On a different note, Hope told us about this excellent book which I've just ordered from Amazon:
Nice post Belle, it's good to get a view of what women want from men.
"voice their frustrations of not being recognized for being strong." - I wonder if this is true, Belle. A strong person knows they're strong, and they don't need a lot of recognition. In my opinion. What they do need is not to be abused, like you say.
If men sometimes aren't recognized for being strong, maybe it's because they are not being strong, and yet they try and pretend they are.
At the same time, it's good to be told that we don't recognize our own power. This is empowering in itself.
Somehow it would be good to do more in society what you have done in your post - recognize when men get it right. The purpose of this is to propagate and teach more of this behaviour, which is desperately needed.
It's good to be respectful of the opposite sex Belle. But in the end we are all individuals who should be judged by the content of their character. And when you discover someone who accepts you for who you truly are then cherish that relationship because they are few and far between. Peace.
Hmm... "Emasculation" is, I think, the word you were looking for.
Men are not only under-appreciated, in some quarters there's an open season on us.
Sitcoms: how many are there where women are made fun of vs the ones who depict us as stupid, stodgy, inept, wimpy, or otherwise ridiculous. Most of the time, the wife, girlfriend, female partner, whatever, is depicted as the oe who is brighter, more psychologicaly secure, and generally grounded.
I think you will enjoy this Unseen http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/DoubleStandard
It is comedy after all.
Would you dismiss it as just "comedy" if it made fun of Native Americans, Jews, or black Americans?