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What’s your rite of passage?

18 Jan

There’re a number of things in this country that can be considered rites of passage for men: the consumption of alcohol (18 years), watching movies classified as Restricted (21 years), completing National Service (about 21-22 years), and completing tertiary education (about 24-27 years). National Service, in particular, is presented in media and propaganda as the dividing line between boyhood into adulthood. Anecdotally, women here (i.e. mothers and girlfriends) seem to accept this.

Yet we know many men who feel lost and unsure about their place in society, even after they have formally graduated into it. We’re supposed to be there, but we don’t feel it. Continue reading