Magazine March 11, 2019, Issue

The Devolution of Man

Gillette’s commercial on “toxic masculinity” (Gillette via YouTube)

You too may have noticed an uptick in the number of ads celebrating “girl power” during this year’s Super Bowl. To judge from my television, the idea entails women’s engaging in traditionally male-dominated activities such as beating the hell out of thugs in movies or tossing around a football in commercials. Because, as everyone in the real world knows, the average female is keenly interested in violent contact sports.

Though I know it’s politically incorrect to say so, I find the trend of celebrating girls who engage in boyish activities — which often feels more like proselytizing — highly irritating. Not

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