The third rite of passage comes later in life when your pride convinces you to repair your HVAC system by yourself
I think even politically correct people will agree when I claim that females approaching adulthood have more choices to make about their futures than males of a similar age. The one reason for this is the simple fact that women can give birth. This opens up many options that men will never have. With men, the choices remain somewhat limited. Men can enter the workplace, go to college, or join the military only to enter the workplace later armed with a degree or military experience. They can choose to avoid family and marriage but even today most men end up married and with children. There are a few things that men endure that women can bypass. Men are faced with rites of passage that they must go through to be considered ready for manhood. The first playground scuffle is a great example when a guy learns that a black eye is a small price to pay for standing up to a bully. Another is getting the courage to ask that pretty girl who you have worshipped from two rows back in math class for a date. She may say no and laugh but you have proved your courage with the opposite sex. The third rite of passage comes later in life when your pride convinces you to repair your HVAC system by yourself. After further damaging the condenser unit (and possibly yourself), and adding some leaks to the ductwork, you emerge a humbler creature while your wife and the mother of your kids wisely calls a certified HVAC mechanic to finish the job professionally. Thank goodness that men cannot have kids because I’m sure some of them would refuse a trip to the hospital and make giving birth a DIY project just like with that HVAC system.