The Man-Boy Mook Myth

Money, sex and freedom – but without any of the corresponding responsibility. This is the childlike fantasy of manhood so heavily promoted in modern American society. But how many modern people have actually fallen for the fantasy?

Is this the picture of the modern American male?

Is this the picture of the modern American male?

In her 2006 article Men Growing Up to be Boys, Lakshmi Chaudry looked at the evolution in America from the benevolent patriarch of the 50s, dubbed “The Family Man,” to the adult teenager who spends his time “sneaking off to hang out with the boys, eying the hot chick over his wife’s shoulder, or buying cool new toys.” Chaudry argued that this new mythical image of masculinity is a corporate executives dream customer: “a man-boy who is more likely to remain faithful to their product than to his wife.”

There is a modern myth about the hopeless boy-man that will never grow up and thus has no capacity for pair-bonding and parenting – what Chaudry calls the “the basic processes that form the foundation of all societies.” And, of course, this new self-obsessed metrosexual man cannot be trusted with even the simplest of domestic tasks.

And yet, how much of this is just pure feminist fantasy? If this is the truth about the modern American man – and it certainly is the image pushed by popular culture in movies and such – then our civilization is screwed.

But perhaps this nothing more than a faux argument designed by apologists for the State to showcase men as unnecessary creatures in a Welfare-State that hires non-men to transport its fatherless children around to its schools, medical clinics and grocery stores – the Almighty Daddy who makes men look like losers because they don’t have the ability to provide for “the children” (he has no power of taxation).

While it is true that these male mooks are rampant among the young in American society – these man-boys who will never take responsibility for their actions and especially won’t provide for their offspring – the average American male of today seems to value traditional responsibilities: to hell with pop culture, rank consumerism and feminism. The Families and Work Institute, for instance, found that the percentage of college-educated men who were obsessed with their careers and wanted to move into jobs with more responsibility fell from 68% to 52% from 1992 to 2002. Combine that with the Radcliffe Public Policy Center Report from 2000 which said 70% of men in their 20s and 30s were willing to sacrifice career promotions and more money to get a more family-oriented work schedule. The culture-creators can try all they want to make all men into man-boy mooks, but they might never be able to penetrate the pair-bonding propensities that are  innate in the human male.


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