Welcome to the “menaissance”

A study suggests men are longing for a masculine rebirth.

Topics: Broadsheet, Love and Sex,

Have you noticed an abnormal amount of sword fighting, maiden courting and dragon slaying as of late? If so, it’s quite easily explained by an emerging “menaissance,” a much longed for rebirth of medieval masculinity — according to the Telegraph, that is. It isn’t just D&D geeks rallying their basement brethren, either. Average Joes everywhere feel emasculated and — enough is enough! — want to put an end to female world domination, reports the Telegraph.

These ridiculous declarations are based on a survey of roughly 2,000 British men and women polled online. Its findings include:

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  • More than half of the men believe society is turning them into “waxed and coiffed metrosexuals.”
  • Fifty-two percent say they are forced to live by women’s rules.
  • Four out of 10 men are scared of spiders, while a third are scared of “bossy women.”
  • Many men feel they have to play too many roles.
  • For a sample of men allegedly enamored with stereotypical masculinity, they’re awfully whiny. Women are fairly familiar with the pressure to be “waxed and coiffed,” living by men’s rules and struggling to balance family with work. These men do, indeed, seem burdened and resentful, but to them, I say: Welcome to the party!

    Tracy Clark-Flory

    Tracy Clark-Flory is a staff writer at Salon. Follow @tracyclarkflory on Twitter and Facebook.

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