Saturday, September 04, 2010

The Meaning of ‘Man Up’

Are we not men? Is this not a "man's world"? I guess my noting of this trend was only slightly behind the last stop in trend spotting - the New York Times. What follows is a tidy and concise round up of the possible origins of the phrase "man up" and by default points to the beginning of the move to "manliness" in media writ large. At the very least, it suggests when marketing masculinity as an alternative to brutish machismo began with additional moral implications (such as being gentlemanly, or doing the right thing for the right reason).

From The New York Times:

ON LANGUAGE: The Meaning of ‘Man Up’

Behind a simple imperative lurks a complex web of masculinity.


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