Sissy Nation by John Strausbaugh
How America Became a Culture of Wimps & Stoopits

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Praised by the New York Times Book Review for being “persuasive [and] provocative,” this commentary reveals in furious, funny, and ferocious strokes how Americans became sissified, soft, and scared—and offers unforgettable solutions on how to snap out of it. The American Sissy cocoons in a safe, virtual world—Fundadome. He plays with online friendsters and he plays with himself, anything to abate the pall of anxiety hanging over his head about everything from terrorists to spinach to air and sunshine. He votes for sissy leaders who bully the world—sissies in tough-guy drag. He's so afraid of death and illness, he doesn't really live—he overmedicates himself and overprotects his kids. And he's so busy preoccupied with the lives of the rich and famous that he forgets all about having a fulfilled life of his own. Strausbaugh leaves no sacred cow untipped. He is as nonpartisan as he is straight shooting, taking equal aim at Democrats and Republicans, gays and straights, PETA fanatics, and the Christian right. But all is not lost. Sissy Nation offers "modest proposals" for getting back the gumption that made this culture great.
 

About John Strausbaugh

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John Strausbaugh is the editor of New York Press. His previous books include Black Like You: Blackface, Whiteface, Insult & Imitation in American Popular Culture and Rock 'Til You Drop: The Decline from Rebellion to Nostalgia.
 
Published February 1, 2008 by Virgin Books. 176 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction

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The author’s approach is to aim at the barn and see what boards rattle, and sometimes it works: For one thing, he’s on the money when he links strip clubs, “Starbucks for Sissy sex,” to a fear of sex, death, intimacy and most other realities of life, and he’s also right to consider 9/11 a genuine...

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Tracking the movement\x92s origins to the conformist 1950s and its maturation during the Vietnam War-saturated 1960s and \x9270s, Strausbaugh satirically highlights what he perceives to be the major factors contributing to today\x92s unmasculine man: conformity, religious fundamentalism and \x93v...

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