At Letters of Note we find this letter from Ronald Reagan to his son Michael in the days before Michael's wedding. Basically, it's about the true value of remaining faithful and in it he provides the best definition of being a "man" that I've seen:
Sure, there will be moments when you will see someone or think back to an earlier time and you will be challenged to see if you can still make the grade, but let me tell you how really great is the challenge of proving your masculinity and charm with one woman for the rest of your life. Any man can find a twerp here and there who will go along with cheating, and it doesn't take all that much manhood. It does take quite a man to remain attractive and to be loved by a woman who has heard him snore, seen him unshaven, tended him while he was sick and washed his dirty underwear. Do that and keep her still feeling a warm glow and you will know some very beautiful music.
As most women figured out long ago, men are no better than your average mouse or fruit fly:
Male fruit flies that have been rejected by females drink significantly more alcohol than those that have mated freely, scientists say…
The connection between alcohol and this chemical, which in humans is known as neuropeptide Y, has already been noted in studies involving hard-drinking mice.
Yet one scientist insists on raining on my "men or no better than fruit flies" parade:
However, in an accompanying article in Science, Troy Zars of the University of Missouri wrote that "anthropomorphising the results from flies is difficult to suppress, but the relevance to human behaviour is obviously not yet established".
Freakonomics reports on one of those scientific studies that when you hear about it has you shaking your head and saying, "Well, duh. Silly scientists."
In a nutshell the researchers findings show that men donate more money to a cause when they know they're being observed by an attractive female, but women's donations don't vary at all even when they know they're being observed by an attractive male. Are you shocked?
The best part of the Freakonomics post was this sentence spoken by one of the researchers: "The research shows that good deeds among men increase when presented with an opportunity to copulate."