What comes to your mind when you hear or read the word 'manly'? Does that word equate to being extremely muscular? Like having a well-developed musculature starting from arms, chest, abs and legs or one who does a regular work-out? Or perhaps, someone who is tall, dark and handsome; someone who has perfect jaw line, kissable lips, or maybe one who has a deep voice? While some perceived being manly based on their physical characteristics, others prefer someone who is equipped with positive attitude, level-headed, caring, protective, smart and has word of honor. This goes to show that women have different perception as to what is truly manly - some interpret the word in such a way that it has to signify a modern kind of man while others have it the traditional type, and still others a good combination of both.
In my opinion, a modern man is someone who has smart inkling of the traditional way of treating a lady, he must also be a gentleman, mature enough to handle everything, sensible and of course realistic. Though I'm more of talking about having an ideal man, it is also but important that he is fit and healthy and can be vain enough to care for his look in order to be presentable and confident enough to face everyday challenges. For me having conscious efforts to improve his looks is acceptable. Say for instance, using beauty products that are widely available in the market. Yes, we ladies are not the only ones who are entitled to those cosmetics and preparations externally applied to change or enhance our look from head to toe.
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One can preserve the concept of manliness in this modern age of liberal views and cultural influences by just being himself and using only products or brand that he is comfortable with and he really believes in. Something that cannot just effectively enhance his set of practices but also to boost his sex appeal and manliness. Being a man is awesome!
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