|I'm NOT a doll I'm an action figure ...|
Once they represented physical strength, valour and bravery - they were laborers, fire fighters, builders, soldiers, protectors of hearth and home. They held positions of power and authority (and sometimes withheld it from other groups true). They waged war; they defended family and flag; they earned for their families. There was a dignity in this for them - this has largely disappeared in the lives of many men. Their role has dissolved before their (and our) eyes with a changing world and a disintegrating economy that has displaced a great number of men as the primary bread winners. Great! you may say. I'm not so sure.
This arrested Fanboy mentality is contaminating pretty much everything in popular culture and media.
We are apparently so bored and our capacity to do good is so underutilized that we revert to these childlike states and obsessions. What about issues of social justice? The state of your community? Your neighborhood? Our place in the world as citizens of the world? The welfare of your own family members who might be isolated, impoverished or lonely?
But we women are no better - tracking the Kardashians on Twitter, collecting AmericanGirl dolls, dressing like Paris Hilton, getting plastic surgery done to resemble movie stars or Barbie dolls. One seemingly innocuous example: why would the CBC Radio invest time in a story about a young woman who built a fort in her living room and then didn't want to take it down. I can't recall now (I wish I could find it) if this was a personal essay or a piece of fiction. Building a fort ... getting into an argument with your boyfriend because you don't want to take the fort down ... feeling safe in the fort ... feeling secure in the fort ... feeling like a child again.
Maybe I'm alone in this but I don't remember feeling being a kid was a particularly satisfying place to be. I couldn't wait to grow up and do adult things. I wasn't mature by any means; I was frustrated by my lack of freedom and ability to experience new, adult things! I wanted more experiences and wider-ranging emotions. Am I the only one on the planet who didn't see it as an idyllic state? And why would I want to revert back to it now? Why would you?