Originally Posted by spshane
You can't have a society that feminizes young men and have burly macho singers at the same time. Boys in schools these days are shamed for what once considered "being a boy". The end result is that your boys turn out like Ken Dolls.
Or we're just recognizing that a certain kind of superficial masculinity is a fairly useless social construct -- and guys whose self-esteem is attached to being "macho" are threatened by it. Bummer.
Is that somehow being reflected in popular music? I seriously doubt it. The guy being held out as example in this thread is a pretty straight up R&B singer (today's version of it) he just looks a little nerdy, therefore somehow "feminine." If he was buff or black he wouldn't have come up.
Otherwise, the macho aspect of rock and roll has always been a pose. You could probably easily beat the shit out of any of the noted rock and roll singers -- and their femininity and sexual ambiguity is part of what made them attractive to women -- Elvis, The Beatles, Mick Jagger, Robert Plant, David Bowie, Freddy Mercury? The list goes on. What "burly macho singers" are you talking about? Ha ha ha! Why do people who appear to be relatively intelligent just say shit without thinking it through? It's a mystery.
Yeah, so a kind of watered down, formulaic music is popular these days -- it's about how music is produced and distributed more than anything else.
Have you listened to it and actually traced the path that got us to where we are? Try it -- and you might come to some different conclusions.