Manliness, assertiveness, power, control. It means different things to different people, but, like the men that lust after it, it's ultimately pretty simple. Cracked analyzes what it means to be a REAL man using a simple game
Don't be fooled into thinking that one type of manliness is inherently better than the next! It's true that in high school the rock men are the ones who claim the title of "real men", with the others being suspiciously feminine, but the tables will turn after high school. Try impressing a girl with just a huge bicep, when the scissors man is making money hand over fist as a trained professional and the paper man manages dozens of men just like rocky there.