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So it’s October and you know what that means!:

That’s right, it’s Annual Pay Attention to Breasts in a Non-sexual Way Month! Now, before I get cynical, let me just state that I’m not in favor of breast cancer and in fact I think the advances in treatment and awareness over the past 20 years or so are truly amazing. But I have some problems with the whole breast cancer pink everything awareness campaign.

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The newest line of attack in abstinence education is…sex! Check out this tank top.Where to even begin? Well, as the blog Sociological Images points out, there are no male versions–the “you” is always male and the female is always the one responsible for control. And of course, there’s no mention of birth control as an option. But really there are two intertwined points about this really caught my attention–today, everything is for sale and sex is the default method of selling everything.

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In a recent article in Foreign Policy, Reihan Salam argues that the collapse of the global economy is a direct result of what in the 70s used to be called “testosterone poisoning” and that the restructuring of the world’s economic patterns will lead to “the death of macho.” Salam sees the shift of power from men to women as necessary and inevitable, but his piece is hardly celebratory, since he believes men will, by and large, be unable to adapt. He ends his piece with a dramatic warning:

The axis of global conflict in this century will not be warring ideologies, or competing geopolitics, or clashing civilizations. It won’t be race or ethnicity. It will be gender. We have no precedent for a world after the death of macho. But we can expect the transition to be wrenching, uneven, and possibly very violent. (more…)

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