Forget asking "Quien es mas macho?" Apparently, macho is dead. Mas macho never had a chance.
Like chocolate & peanut butter, Foreign Policy magazine and articles about masculinity are two great tastes that taste great together. A few months ago, Reihan Salam penned an article entitled "The Death of Macho" arguing that the latest financial meltdown is going to have particularly severe effects on men around the world.
There is certainly plenty for men to be worried about. Women are outpacing men in the attainment of college degrees, countries like Iceland and Lithuania are electing female leaders, males’ "risk-seeking behavior" will be blamed for much of the mess, sectors like education & health are making up a greater percentage of the overall economy, and so on, and so on.
The first remedy Salam proposes, however, is not exactly horrifying: "adaptation: men embracing women as equal partners and assimilating to
the new cultural sensibilities, institutions, and egalitarian
arrangements that entails."
The article is a good 10 minute read so if you’re not looking for an excuse to kill time, you may give it a pass. You would be missing a gem like, "The ?penis competition? made possible by limitless leverage, arcane
financial instruments, and pure unadulterated capitalism will now be
domesticated in lasting ways." If you’re curious how a sentence like that makes it into Foreign Policy, you can read the article in its entirety here.