We watched the debate with our kids for a simple reason: I need them, when they grow up, to become men. This means, in the words of the Sages, that “in the place where there are no men, [they must] strive to be a man.” It is not a failure of masculinity to challenge its assumptions; it is its fulfillment. I was so sad watching my boys watching the brokenness of American political masculinity. I hope they can learn that it is not their fated lot to become of the locker room. It is their responsibility to transcend it.