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Image above: Vik Muniz

A Bar at the Folies-Bergère after Édouard Manet, from the Pictures of Magazines 2 series, 2012.

Out of the refuse of modern life—torn scraps of outdated magazines, destined for obscurity—Muniz has assembled an ode to one of the first paintings of modern life. Édouard Manet’s A Bar at the Folies-Bergère, painted in 1882, explores the treachery of nineteenth-century Parisian nightlife through the depiction of a bartender attending to a male patron reflected in the mirror behind her. Muniz plays on Manet’s style, replacing Manet’s visible brushstrokes with the frayed edges of torn paper and lending the work immense visual interest.

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Monday, January 4, 2016

10 Habits That Change Boys Into Men



The demise of our culture will result from the demise of its men if something isn’t changed quickly. Far too many men remain directionless, devastated and scared children. 

Male suicide rate increased to three to four times higher than the female suicide rate. Men are twice as likely as women to become alcoholics. And males are far more likely to commit juvenile crime. Much has been said and written in recent years about the challenges of men and boys. 

A sampling of book titles includes: 

Why There Are No Good Men Left 
The Demise of Guys The End of Men 
Why Boys Fail
The End of Men, And The Rise of Women 
Boys Adrift 
Manning Up: How The Rise Of Women Has Turned Men Into Boys 

A common theme is that men and boys have become increasingly confused about their identity and role in society. Kay Hymowitz, author of Manning Up, put it this way: “It’s been an almost universal rule of civilization that whereas girls became women simply by reaching physical maturity, boys had to pass a test. They needed to demonstrate courage, physical prowess, or mastery of the necessary skills. The goal was to prove their competence as protectors of women and children; this was always their primary social role. 

Today, however, with women moving ahead in an advanced economy, provider husbands and fathers are now optional, and the character qualities men had needed to play their role—fortitude, stoicism, courage, fidelity—are obsolete and even a little embarrassing.” It is the norm in Hollywood films, TV and cable shows, and even commercials to portray men as incompetent, immature, or self-absorbed. 

This underlying message has subtly and increasingly become the collective unconscious with devastating repercussions. Academically, it is reported in the United States that: Girls outperform boys now at every level—from elementary school through graduate school. By eighth grade, only 20 percent of boys are adept in writing and 24 percent adept in reading. Young men’s SAT scores in 2011 were the lowest they’ve been in 40 years. 

According to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), boys are 30 percent more likely than girls to drop out of both high school and college. It is predicted that by 2016, women will earn 60 percent of bachelor’s and 63 percent of master’s degrees. Boys make up two-thirds of students in special education remedial programs. Women deserve the increased success they are getting. They’ve been oppressed for far too long. They’re hungrier and more motivated than most men. And hopefully society will continue to allow them the increased equality they deserve. 

However, this article’s focus is on helping the struggling and confused young man. Indeed, many young men have taken the adverse cues of society as an excuse to evade responsibility and never really grow up. If you are a young man and you’re struggling, you are not alone. This article is intended to challenge you to rethink your entire approach to life. If applied, these habits will radically set you apart from the decaying norm. 

Read more at Observer

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