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Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Are real men turning into Euroweenies?

This story from Paris (where else) almost reads like a caricature of itself:
Macho man is an endangered species, with today's male more likely to opt for a pink flowered shirt and swingers' clubs than the traditional role as family super-hero, fashion industry insiders say. "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.
"We are watching the birth of a hybrid man. ... Why not put on a pink-flowered shirt and try out a partner-swapping club?" asked Le Louet, stressing that the study had focused on men aged between 20 and 35.
Sure, why not? Why not compare sexual deviancy to a change of clothing? By the way, I seem to remember a quote by the often-ridiculed then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger that fits this scene:
"We are moving toward a dictatorship of relativism which does not recognize anything as for certain and which has as its highest goal one's own ego and one's own desires."


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