The New York Times ran an interesting article yesterday about the resurgence of tough guy icons from the 1980s. Action stars like Sylvester Stallone and Chuck Norris are returning to prominence in pop culture. The author of the article suggests the reason for the return of the action hero the need of American men “to revel in the vestigial pleasures of older times and seemingly simpler ways.”
I think the author is on to something. That’s one of the reasons I started The Art of Manliness. With all the problems we’re facing today, real men are needed more than ever. Sure, some of the stuff I write one here is tongue-in-cheek. However, I do hope the blog will inspire young men to put down the X-Box controller and start doing something with their lives.
I hope that men expand who they include as role models beyond action stars. As much as I love Rambo, Sylvester Stallone isn’t what I would call the paragon of manliness. Would a manly man inject their face with Botox? Hell no. I’d love to see a resurgence in interest in great men from history like Teddy Roosevelt or Horatio Nelson. One of my goals with this blog is to reintroduce men to these great individuals.
What do you all think? Is it good that these action heroes are making a comeback? Drop a line in the comment box and add to the conversation!