by Terry Pratchett
Men and Masculinity Quotes in Nation
How we cite our quotes: (Chapter.Paragraph)
"Even great heroes of history [...] wouldn't get down in the dirt because a baby was dying of hungry and crawl up to a pig and [...] YUCK, but... in a good way." (5.31)
Daphne respects Mau while also being revolted when she hears he suckled a pig—with his own mouth—to get milk for the baby. Doing what it takes is the mark of a true man. We can't picture Arnold Schwarzenegger suckling a pig. He's not enough of a man for that. Mau is.
Because what? [...] Because I must act like a man, or they will think less of me? (5.35)
Mau's worried about keeping up appearances so that his people will respect him. It seems like they don't really get behind a strong female leader either... Anyway, it seems that a lot of being a man is simply acting like one, whether you are or not. Fake it 'til you make it!