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How big does a penis have to be to mean something?
That is the question on my mind after reading two posts forwarded by my pal Steve Otero at Sexy Spirits. The declining importance of the alpha male is one of the cultural big stories of the early 21st Century. In “Is The Alpha Male in Danger of Extinction?” (Women’s Health magazine), Grant Stoddard concludes: Yes. As he makes the case for the coming female-centric society, he reassures us that it is not such a bad thing after all.
“Women may have to recalibrate their expectations of their long-term partners”—but “As we all jettison our 20th Century role baggage” we might lead “happier and healthier lives.”
Wistfully, I went back to his opening sentence: “Having a penis used to mean something.”
According to Elizabeth Eaves in “Hung Up On Hung” on Forbes.com, “ A Detroit gigolo is a man for our times.”
And what is his defining characteristic? A big cock. We never get to see it, but the women’s reaction shots indicate that he has the goods (at least in the script.)
If you missed the short first season of “Hung” on HBO, here's the quick re-cap: High school coach Ray, played by Thomas Jane, loses wife to rich doctor. The teen kids live with him until a fire makes the house unlivable; and, of course, he has let the insurance lapse. Kids go to Mom. He sleeps in a tent on the lawn as Detroit crumbles around him and his job turns into history, not the curriculum version. He becomes a gigolo because he has the cock for it—and desperately needs the money. The women seem to have the money, either through their own high-powered careers or successful marriages. What they apparently can't get without paying for it: Alpha Male Sex.
Eaves concludes: “What could have been a one-joke show about a man and his endowment became much more with Ray stepping into the role of symbol of our times.”
In our Great Recession, men have lost 2.5 million jobs to women’s 700,000. Women earn more high school diplomas and college degrees than men do, a disparity even more exaggerated among African Americans. Yes, it often does seem, as Stoddard points out, that men are not motivated while women are.
Is the future Alpha Women and Beta Men? (Read the Conversations on Sex, Money, Lies with Zola.)
Will that line, "A hard man is good to find" be replaced with "A good man is hard to pay for"?
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