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Thursday, October 27, 2011

kMc Vlog 6 - "Why Men Are In Trouble" and Other Relationship Woes

Now you know that kMelanie Unfurled is about marketing's impact on culture, business and the world and that I don't normally do this, but this article resonated with me so much that I had to go outside of the norm and discuss relationships.

READ IT FIRST >> "Why Men Are In Trouble". Hand to God, this article explains the state of today's heterosexual relationship, as I, and my besties, have experienced it. A dating pool full of men with a lack of leadership abilities, in prolonged adolescence, refusing to grow up -- essentially a bunch of lost souls who don't know their responsibilities as men, looking for a woman to explain / teach it to them. (I swear I'm not bitter)

The article gives very real statistics about the "decline" in the founding virtues (work, marriage, and religion) that is plaguing the male sex and how an unprecedented role reversal promulgated by the changes in modern labor "from backs to brains" have catapulted women to the top of the work force, leaving men, and their self-worth, in the dust.

The article also discusses how different and conflicting societal signals about manhood makes it hard for our boys to decipher what it means to be a man, and that for many of them it is very difficult to figure out.

(To that I say, get over it! It's hard for everyone. Try being the average black woman in a America who has to battle unrealistic standards of European beauty, poverty, sexism and the rate of incarceration in the community.)

The article then goes on to give suggestions on how we as a society may respond with a clear and achievable notion of manhood.

What are your thoughts about the state of dating in today's society?
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