The Unlikely Encounter That Made Me Confront My Male Fragility

How stopping my car for a stranger changed my perspective on masculinity and service

Matthew R. Manning
Human Parts
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13 min readSep 3, 2019

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Photo: Carson Masters/Unsplash

II drive a couple of blocks and the streets get darker. As I near my Powderhorn home, domestic boulevards overtake the lights of the small commercial center in my rearview. It’s just past 11:30 p.m.

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Matthew R. Manning
Human Parts

Writing as resistance. Musings on humanness, identity, mental health, leadership, and more.