My Not So Secret Vice

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  1. There seems to be, for once, a push for people to come off as “unimpressed” as possible. The more enthusiastic you are about something, the “lower down” in society you seem. The most “sophisticated” characters in stories and movies are aloof, unimpressed, and not enthusiastic. They look down on those who seem too happy or appreciative. But that’s not exactly what your article is about.

    There are a lot of things guys would be reluctant to admit to. I’m watching football right now, and I’m loving the pink shoes and bracelets of breast cancer awareness. I think pink is a rather attracting color, but I’m not “supposed” to like it. If it’s porn, it’s considered disgusting. If it’s My Little Pony, guys can’t like things that innocent.

    We attach arbitrary things to what is manly and what isn’t. How your alcohol is distilled determines whether or not the drinker is a “real man”. Beer and Whiskey? Okay. Vodka, Tequila, Wine, Wine-coolers, fruity drinks, drinks with olives? Man up. Manly and masculine are much more restrictive terms than feminine or womanly. Men who fall for this quickly become slaves to the term, which is where men get the stereotype of having fragile egos. And “manly” is only becoming more restrictive. Manly is socially defined as that which cannot be considered womanly. So as women get more options, men get fewer.

    So you know what? I used to watch PowerPuff girls. I love kittens and puppies. Pink is a good color. I used to wear dresses and slips when I was a little boy. I also like football, action flicks, explosions, and some things that would probably be NSFW to mention. I don’t, or rather shouldn’t, care which of these make me a man and which ones don’t.

  2. I enjoy My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. Yes, volumes have been written about the “brony” phenomenon (I don’t consider myself a brony, just a fan), but I still don’t feel comfortable revealing my being a fan in public. I’ve gotten a lot of backlash about it and so have others.

    I don’t understand why it’s wrong for me to like My Little Pony but it’s ok for a woman to like Star Wars. They’re both kids’ shows.

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