What the heck is Mancraft?
Men have a specific role in life, one that is versatile and can be used in any context, wether it be on an oil rig or in the board room. Men are protectors and guardians. We know how to fix things and, if not, we have friend or “know a guy” who can fix it. We get things done.
The best way to conceptualize mancraft is to look at its semantic counterpart, witchcraft. Just like witchcraft is about the chants, spells and formulas for being a witch, Mancraft is all of the stories and secrets and skills that go into being a man. It’s about passing on the tales of General Patton, Vince Lombardi, Nathan Hale, Jim Bridger, and the like. It’s about teaching young men how to shake hands and spit and throw a football. And it’s about setting up wireless networks and replacing alternators and fighting wars.
It’s not that women can’t do these things, they just typically don’t want to, and there’s something that drives men to do these tasks. Call it machismo, call it testosterone, it doesn’t matter. There’s a great deal in this world that wouldn’t get done if men weren’t so eager to do tough, greasy, and technical things. We do the dirty work so others don’t have to.