The whole generation is womanized, the masculine tone is passing out of the world; it’s a feminine hysterical, chattering, canting age.Henry James (1886)
Finally Modernism, which denies and abolishes every difference, cannot rest until it has made woman man and man woman, and, putting every distinction on a common level, kills life by placing it under the ban of uniformity. — Abraham Kuyper (1898)
Don't you ever say that again about your fathers, because they are not cowards. You think I am brave because I carry a gun; well, your fathers are much braver because they carry responsibility, for you, your brothers, your sisters, and your mothers… 
I have never had this kind of courage. — The Magnificent Seven (1960)

Charles Spurgeon on Christian faith and masculinity, from his 1898 book "A Good Start":

I can't believe I'm actually going to comment on the Barbie movie....but here goes.

Lately, I've seen some Facebook controversy amongst my friends over masculinity, particularly between those (mostly older men) who want to emphasize the spiritual aspects of masculinity (being a good man) versus those (mostly younger men) who want to to recover the physical aspects of masculinity (being good at being a man), like weight lifting. Some might describe this as a controversy between those who want to emphasize "beta” male qualities versus those who want to exalt “alpha” male qualities. I don’t particularly care for that terminology, but it gets at something important in current debates over masculinity. Should men be tough or tender? Rugged and decisive or compassionate and patient? Differentiated leaders or empathetic consensus builders? Frankly, I find a lot of the current discussion entirely unnecessary and unproductive. It’s largely based on false dichotomies that divide things that ought to be held together. Masculinity involves both virtue and virility. It involves being both tough and tender. The best men are a wise combination of both “alpha” and “beta” traits. I want to reproduce a comment I made on Facebook here, and then expand upon it, in order to (hopefully) further this discussion: