I was asked to complete this mini-analysis regarding “Manhood,” specifically from the point of view of Ron Stoppable from the series “Kim Possible.”
Ron was not a typical, stereotypical man.
Growing up in high school and going to college while watching this character on the show unfold, I realized he and I had more in common than I thought. He’s a sort of “Dungeon’s & Dragon’s” kinda guy who has a positive disposition about himself and others. He’s not hung up on what people think of him…unless it hits him at his core.
At his core was the question: “Am I a Man!?” It was no different for Dipper Pines from the episode “Dipper vs. Manliness” on “Gravity Falls,” and it was no different for Ron Stoppable on “Kim Possible.”
The question of Ron’s manliness started with a certificate without a signature. That’s it! Think of that signature, that certificate, as affirmation. Then His teacher calls him out on it in front of his classmates and chooses to bulldoze over his affirmation like an old building. This hits Ron at his core…deeply.
The episode was hilarious but the struggle was very true. He looked for his definition in muscle. He looked for his definition on a piece of paper. But truth was, Ron was already acting like a man when he stepped out on dangerous territory and serious missions with his friend and partner in justice, Kim.
Ron always has Kim’s back…Ron takes care of his pet naked mole rat, Rufus…Ron took care of business at home (I never really noticed his parents have problems with him). Sounds like a man, right!?
So, with no signature on his certificate and the feeling of ridicule, he’s left asking a question.
We ultimate find out at the end of the episode “Ron the Man” that Ron’s answer was much like Dipper’s answer…it’s already built in the place that they never bothered to look…the heart!
Let’s go back to Dipper’s issue. He asked the question: “is it physical, is it mental, what’s the secret.” He was looking for things on the outside, but the ending of that episode “Dipper vs. Manliness” pointed the issues towards the heart.
In everything we do, we have to have a heart examination. Issues pour out there. Thoughts and unfair attacks can be solidified there. God himself looks there when men don’t (1 Smauel 16:7)!