RARA-AVIS: Re: Changing standards for muscularity

From: jacquesdebierue ( jacquesdebierue@yahoo.com)
Date: 26 Mar 2008

On the fate of the American male, there have been some serious sociological studies resulting in books. The conclusion was that there has been a loss of masculinity and a loss of self-esteem among American males, that men are disoriented, they no longer know how or where to fit. Also, that they have become more like women but that women don't necessarily like that. Complicated stuff...

In any case, it's considerably more complicated than saying that men have become pussywhipped (or more so than they were before, in the dark ages of the fifties). It's a societal thing, not a merely individual phenomenon. On a time scale that makes any sense, this is an alarming change, if indeed it is real. The people who have studied it say it is.

One of the people who have studied this is Susan Faludi.

What would Shell Scott think of all this?



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