During a recent phone conversation with a good friend of mine, my friend expressed his excitement over being able to watch the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) this weekend. Instantly, I expressed my displeasure for the sport. Suprised at my response, my friend shot back that I needed to get more in touch with my masculine side. After much debate the argument became more a discussion about manliness, and what it means to be a man because somewhere, somehow UFC and manliness are connected.
My friend felt that, as a man, it is one’s responsibility to be able to defend one’s self, one’s possessions, one’s family. In that respect, I don’t disagree. He then felt that UFC is a celebration of skill, technique, achievement, and is taking mans ability to defend one’s self to the highest levels. I felt that the sport was barbaric, was violence porn, and might actually diminish masculinity because a real man does not have to prove himself in combat or through acts of violent aggression. In my opinion masculinity, true masculinity, is not judged in this manner.
After the course of the conversation had run and neither had changed the other’s opinion, I decided to pull the God card out. W.W.J.D. (What Would Jesus Do)? I hardly believe that Jesus would be the type of man that would chose to embrace such a sport in light of much greater needs in the world. But I also believe that God does believe in developing talents – so long as those talents do good in the world.
Because there was much debate on both sides, I now ask you, the readers of the Jaren Davis Blog, “Who’s the Man?” And what discipline of masculinity is defined through their actions?