"Be a Man" as written by Courtney M Love, Eric T. Erlandson and Billy Corgan....
The only boy I understand
The one ashamed to be a man
just rape the world
because you can
that's what it takes to be a man
Well knock her up
just slap her hand
I think I can
I think I can
I'm big enough


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"Be a Man" as written by William Patrick Corgan Eric Erlandson

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    General Commentthis song is about how men think they rule the fucking world. It's about how women are just as powerful, even though they don't have dicks. Courtney is a prime example. She's more powerful than most men in this pityful world.
    MissKrissson April 15, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis song is man hating at its best and i love it
    eatmorefruitandnuton July 30, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentya man
    swindler123on July 19, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is one of the most powerful of Holes songs! The Lyrics are brilliant and so much passion is poured into every line. I agree with MissKrisss on this one, its deffinatly about men, and all the power the THINK they have, think being the oprative word in this sentence.
    toriwori_7on August 11, 2002   Link
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    General Commenteatmorefruitandnut this is not a man hating song, you idiot. I am so sick of when a woman steps up against sexism she is called man hating. It's not man hating!!
    have2mintson December 18, 2004   Link
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    General Commentit's this one part where courtney kinda huffs and puffs loud and it made me get a hard-on!
    kc4everon February 26, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyeah this is about how men think there so great. i like this song. the video is retarded though but i like her blue hair.
    grunge girlon October 07, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentsexual oppression, obviously.
    jonestown_teaon February 21, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is one of the best hole songs.
    i don't think that it is man hating song, it's just about men who think they rule the world, but in fact they are nothing
    EyesLikeCyanidon April 27, 2007   Link
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    General CommentYeah, there's an element to this song that kind of suggests that women have earned the right to call themselves "men" or even have a penis more than men. The way she talks about being "jealous" at the beginning, I don't think it's her true feelings but just that it's commonly used by people who want to reject women who stand against sexism, saying they're "man-haters" or just jealous that they're not men. Then by the time she screams "I'm big enough to be a man" it seems she's made the point that while many men abuse their status "raping the world", etc., women have earned it more. Either that or it doesn't take much effort to be what society defines as a man, so anyone can do it. And Courtney suggests that some men's fear of castation is to do with the idea losing their power- they can't "be a man", i.e.: be the embodiment of brave, tough, and courteous, unless they live without a penis. It's quite the paradox.
    urban_idyllon March 08, 2008   Link

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