The Hybrid Male
"The masculine ideal is being completely modified. All the traditional male values of authority, infallibility, virility and strength are being completely overturned," said Pierre Francois Le Louet, the agency's managing director.
Instead today's males are turning more towards "creativity, sensitivity and multiplicity," as seen already in recent seasons on the catwalks of Paris and Milan.
Arnold Schwarznegger and Sylvester Stallone are being replaced by the 21st-century man who "no longer wants to be the family super-hero", but instead has the guts to be himself, to test his own limits.
"We are watching the birth of a hybrid man. ... Why not put on a pink-flowered shirt and try out a partner-swapping club?"
So says a french study of men between the ages of 25 and 30. French men bat from the queener side of the plate... You need a study to tell you this? I've got a buddy who quit his job as a physician in a Paris hospital, because he couldn't stand seeing all the male doctors wearing lipstick.
Not chapstick... Lipstick. And apparently they chatted like girls about what colors and tones looked best on each other while they put it on in the locker rooms after work.
As for this nonsense about "having the guts to be themselves"... I've had just about all of this type of crap I can stand. Having the guts to be yourself really is just an overly flattering way of saying you're to cowardly to attempt to be something more.
The standards of manly ideals are high, and they are set so deliberately. They give us something for which to strive. Those who abandon the struggle do so out of cowardice, not conviction.
No doubt loathesome individuals... the pasty white cubical dwellers who can't tell a carberator from an alternator will see this latest study from the land of the cheese eating surrender monkies as a great step forward.
The rest of us will simply shake our heads... spit... and pray for rain.
Say... 40 days or so of it...