Wednesday, March 16, 2011

manning up...

i recently read a brief review of this book, manning up: how the rise of women have turned men into boys by kay hymowitz, the other day and have to admit i was a little intrigued...

Hymowitz's "man-child" theory—guys, she says, are stuck in a stage of perennial boydom ("preadulthood," she calls it) because they see no incentive to get it together. Think Adam Sandler, Seth Rogan, guys who spend Saturday nights drinking beer and playing Halo, while their girlfriends are out earning Ph.D.s. "Why grow up?" they think. There's simply no reason to. "Between his lack of familial responsibilities, his relative affluence, and an entertainment media devoted to his every pleasure, the single young man can live in pig's heaven," Hymowitz writes. Perhaps one of her readers put the sentiment more succinctly: In the modern culture, "Men are disposable."
this idea of delayed adulthood fascinates me, oddly enough.

several months ago i read a similar article (and for the life of me can't remember where i stashed it but know i mailed it to a few of my girlfriends) about men our age not being able to deal (emmotional/mentally/whatever) with how strong & powerful women today have become, therefor they are starting to question what exactly their roles are these days in our lives...seeing as we don't need them to provide for us in the traditional sense of the word anyway, what's the point of them having to grow up at all, right?

i think i'll out this on my reading list for this summer!

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