The Rise of The Girly Men

 

One real man in our city has decided that enough is enough, and that men need to man-up!

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So, a few years ago I got my sperm count tested.

I did the business at home, drove for 20 minutes, and left the deposit at the clinic. The result was not good. I had a low sperm count. But it was possible that having my sperm on the passenger seat, exposed to the sun for 20 minutes, negatively impacted the result. I demanded a recount! The second time I did the business at the clinic itself (a hard thing to do – so to speak), and the result was pleasing. I was locked and loaded with silver bullets—my man qi was good; I was virile. However, some men are not so lucky.

Research indicates that male fertility has halved in 50 years, and low sperm count affects one in five men. Some scientists believe that this is partly due to the contraceptive pill being flushed down the toilet, increasing levels of synthetic estrogen in the environment.

This is worrying, but what alarms me personally is what looks like another side-effect of this trend: the emergence of the girly-man.

Let’s be clear: I am all for equality. I am not a misogynist, and this is not a criticism of women; it is a criticism of the modern man.

The term “girly-men” was popularized by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to describe his political opponents. However, this same term can be used to describe many modern men.

About a decade ago, I remember seeing a Nivea for Men face cleanser tube in a pharmacist. I was horrified and thought, “No self-respecting man would buy such a thing.”

A decade ago, I remember seeing a Nivea for Men face cleanser tube in a pharmacist. I was horrified and thought, “No self-respecting man would buy such a thing.” More fool me. Just about any man under 40 not only uses such a thing today, but is all too aware of his oily or sensitive skin. They exfoliate twice a week, as they gaze in the mirror like peacocks. I see more and more men wanting to get a “six-pack” (and I am not talking about beer here), plucking their eyebrows, and elaborately coiffing their hair. Do women really want a man to exchange beauty tips with?

A month ago,I went to buy a pair of jeans. There were regular fit, super slim fit, skinny fit jeans and who knows what else. I had no interest in skinny fit jeans but I was curious as the attraction. I tried a pair on. Uncomfortable. It was squeezing the life out of my boys. If the estrogen in the water doesn’t get you, then the heat caused by your testicles being squashed into a pair of skinny fit jeans will.

What are the causes of the rise of the girly-man? Surely it can’t just be synthetic estrogen and skinny jeans. There are a couple of other factors at play.

Our food: not so much genetically modified foods, as much as it is ingredients in plastics like BPA and other endocrine-disrupting chemicals in plastics and food that mimic estrogen. Also, various non-GMO-specific foods besides soy contain phytoestrogens like nuts, cereals, breads, legumes, fruits, and other vegetables.

The entertainment industry doesn’t help either. Look at the the hyper-feminisation of K-Pop stars: I struggle to tell the men apart from women. And you are kidding yourself if you think this phenomenon is confined to this sub-culture alone.

As a kid, I watched shows like the A-Team, Miami-Vice and Knight Rider. Real men coming to the rescue of those who could not defend themselves. Nowadays, we have shows such as Glee, where the male protagonists would rather sing and dance their problems away. Hell, there’s a subculture of blokes who get off on My Little Pony.

Twilight is another example. The girl had the choice between a manly werewolf (and even he was a whiny little pussy), and a skinny jean wearing vampire. She choose the skinny jean wearing girly-man who probably wears perfume. She may as well have chosen a girl (not that there’s anything wrong with that).

So what can we –the few real men remaining – do about it? Firstly, never convert! Beware the crap you eat and drink. An increase in estrogen and a decrease in testosterone will lead to fat gain, sexual problems, loss of ambition and increased risk of prostate cancer. Secondly, we should act as role models. A real man does not concern himself with “aesthetics” or what moisturizer . He doesn’t care if his watch matches his shoes, and he certainly doesn’t shave anything other than his face or head.It’s time for the men to grow some balls, and man-up.

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