Feminization of American Culture part Two

Reader Response to “Don’t Marry Career Women” – Feminization of American Culture part Two

Feminization of American Culture part Two
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t isn’t only psychology that has undergone a process of feminization over the past fifty years, and it isn’t only women whose attitudes have changed. Take a stroll to your neighborhood bookstore or newsstand. You’ll find magazines such as Men’s Health, MH-18, Men’s Fitness, Gear, and others devoted to men’s pursuit of a better body, a better self-image. None of them existed fifteen years ago. The paid circulation of Men’s Health has risen from 250,000 to more than 1.5 million in less than ten years.13 Many of the articles in these magazines are reminiscent of those to be found in women’s magazines such as Glamour, Mademoiselle, and Cosmopolitan: “The Ten Secrets of Better Sex,” “The New Diet Pills–Can They Work For You?” or “Bigger Biceps in Five Minutes a Day.” (The women’s magazine equivalent might be something like “slimmer thighs in five minutes a day.”

Men didn’t use to care so much about their appearance. Psychiatrists Harrison Pope and Katharine Phillips report that in American culture today, “Men of all ages, in unprecedented numbers, are preoccupied with the appearance of their bodies.”14 They document that “men’s dissatisfaction with body appearance has nearly tripled in less than thirty years–from 15 percent in 1972, to 34 percent in 1985, to 43 percent in 1997.”15 Cosmetic plastic surgery, once marketed exclusively to women, has found a rapidly growing male clientele. The number of men undergoing liposuction, for instance, quadrupled between 1990 and 2000.16

11-22-2006 03:09 PM

Re: Feminization of American Culture part Two

Men’s Fitness = Good! Men ought to take very good care of their hearts and bodies in order to stay alive well into their 100s.

Men’s Cosmetic Surgery = ….. why? I mean… why for either sex? Ugh…

01-09-2007 12:43 PM

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