It seems to me the extreme polarity between the sexes is easing up.
There are all sorts of different types of guys on TV these days. Just look at the range of male characters between the hit TV shows Modern Family and Happy Endings. In real life, too, metrosexuality (already an outdated term) seems to be everywhere. On Friday I ran into my best friend and her male (non-romantic) super-manly heterosexual roommate on their way to get pedicures. I looked at his feet, at his muddy work boots, and said very practically, “You should’ve worn flip-flops for a pedicure, Neil.” He replied, “I’m not getting nail polish, dumbass.” Good point. But in my defense, I mean… he was going for a pedicure!
This sort of thing used to be unusual, and maybe outside of the liberal coasts it still is, but in general our heterosexual males are becoming more metro. And I think that’s a good thing. More freedom to be different types of men seems like a healthier move for society. We’re generally accepting of a bunch of different types of women, why not of men?
But male friendships are still pretty black and white. You’ve got your fraternity brothers, your golf buddies, the guys you work with… But have you ever had a bromance?
This video by Ryan Higa and his cronies (one of whom is American Idol’s Andrew Garcia), with vocals from the talented Chester See has been on YouTube for less than a month and has had more than 6 million views. The song and vid are both incredibly well-produced, with hysterical lyrics. And as lighthearted as the video is, the fellas as saying something here about how hard-to-navigate this changing world of gender norms can be.
So what do you think? Is this all just fun and games, or are Ryan Higa and his bromies speaking to something bigger?