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New Republic: Conservatives mock Pajama Boy because “they’re scared of him”–yeah, right

December 19, 2013

Is this from the Onion or what?

But while this is a ritual mockery that’s ostensibly about Obamacare, what it really reveals is a long-boiling, deep-seated fear on the right of the moment when a more beta-appearing man becomes the mainstream notion of masculinity.

Right! I’ve got a “long-boiling, deep-seated fear” of this guy.

Please excuse me while I make myself a cup of hot chocolate with that “long-boiling” fear.

TNR’s Noreen Malone continues:

In an economy that is increasingly influenced by women (in all but three of the 2,000 largest metropolitan areas in the country, in the aggregate, single childless women under 30 are out-earning their male counterparts), the men who seem to be reaping the clearest rewards are those who seem to comfortable with the adjustments of a world that’s 40 years into second-wave feminism (and one in which, for that matter, gay culture is no longer fringe culture). The chest-thumping alpha males of yore now take their social cues from men who have worked out a more subtle way to assert themselves in the world. Metrosexuals aren’t a new, urban category any more; people who might have been referred to that way ten years ago are now just called dudes. (Of course, even men who work at liberal magazines and live in Brooklyn find this transition complicated.) But if Pajama Boy is nothing out of the ordinary—which I’d argue he isn’t—then that means conservatives are losing several culture-war battles, and thus a great deal of valuable electoral ammunition.

I’m a woman 40 years into second-wave feminism, and believe me, that red-and-black plaid onesie is so hot that I just can’t stand it!

Posted by Charlotte Allen

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