Magazine March 23, 2009, Issue

The Way We Live Now

Jennifer Aniston and Ben Affleck in He’s Just Not That Into You (New Line Cinema)

Last year, Kay Hymowitz published two essays in City Journal, the Manhattan Institute’s fine quarterly, on dating and the modern twentysomething male. The first was a critique of the culture of masculine adultescence — the way that men behave, and misbehave, in the long limbo that increasingly yawns between their teens and the assumption of marital and paternal responsibility. Hymowitz portrayed a generation of young men content to while away their hours “in a playground of drinking, hooking up, playing Halo 3, and, in many cases, underachieving.” This beer-guzzling, porn-browsing, scatology-minded man-child, she wrote, is at once an “irritating mystery …

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