Theroux’s major argument is how the idea of manhood in America is pitiful.
He describes masculinity as “having to wear an ill-fitting coat for one’s entire life (in contrast femininity is nakedness).” What I believe he means by this is that every man must cover themselves up with a layer of manliness and toughness in order to be a man.
THroughout the whole essay he is pointing you into the view that men have a harsher life and that we are so consumed in a feminist society that we are blinded by what really is going on.
“And yet it is part of every man life” (Par 3) stating that men go through such abuse and emotional trauma as any other female has gone through as well. I do agree that at a very early age little boys and girls are separated and given an environment that matches their gender roles.
Men do work zealously to get good jobs, high office positions, and to maintain the dominant leadership status.
I personally do not agree at all with the perspective of Paul Theroux.Theroux contradicts himself by saying that society looks at man as stupid and soldierly.Obviously these two definitions form an oxymoron, and clearly man can not be both at the same time.In contrast to what Theroux writes, to “Be a man” doesn’t mean to be stupid.To be soldierly is to have characteristics of a person who works zealously for a specified cause.He compares sports to being “a drug worse than marijuana and is a recipe for creating bad marriages, social misfits, moral degenerates, sadists, latent rapists and just plain louts.” He also says how few athletes are gentlemen and when reading this I could not disagree more.In fact I think that sports build character, toughness, work ethics, confidence, team work, determination and so many more characteristics that make up a successful gentleman.He was born in 1941 which means he reached the age of eighteen in 1959. Not may women worked so the income of the family was placed on the man’s shoulders.Whereas now the women are more present in the workforce and some of the work load has been lifted off man.He uses the common debate of how the much pain labor is and comparing to men being belittled. He feels the need to say this because he believes that he has to get this point across since todays society is leaning more towards the feminist views and that it leaves men and their troubles out in the cold.He wants mens trouble to be taken just as seriously as women's and for them not be made fun for feeling the way that they do. Paul Theroux’s tone throughout the essay could be described as dramatic and very exaggerated.