Masculinity in a Spray Can
Jim LiebeltJim is Senior Writer, Editor and Researcher for the HomeWord Center for Youth and Family at Azusa Pacific University. Jim has over 25 years of experience as a youth and family ministry specialist, and has been on the HomeWord staff since 1998. He has served over the years as a pastor, author, youth ministry trainer, adjunct college instructor and speaker. Jim’s culture blog and parenting articles appear on HomeWord.com. Jim is a contributing author of culture and parenting articles to Crosswalk.com. Jim and his wife Jenny live in Olympia, WA.
- 2010 Feb 04
Interesting article recently in the New York Times about the appeal and marketing of male body sprays (such as Axe or Swagger by Old Spice) to teen guys. An increasing number of tween boys are now jumping on board... adding to the fog of fumes that tend to follow young guys around these days.
ONE bathroom in Stefanie Mullen's home in a suburb of San Diego is stocked with enough products to line an aisle in a drugstore:
wash. Face wash. Exfoliator. Exfoliating wash. Body hydrator. Body
spray. Deodorant. Shaving cream. Shampoos and conditioner. Hair gel, of
All told, 18 different containers.
They belong to her sons Noah Assaraf, 13, and Keenan Assaraf, 14. They have been dousing themselves for years.
"Every day they walk out the door in a cloud of spray-on macho," Mrs. Mullen said.
When boys pile into her car, that's her cue to roll down her window, no matter the weather. "The smell drives me nuts."
So boys are turning to hypermasculine guideposts like Instinct from Axe, Swagger by Old Spice and Magnetic Attraction Enhancing Body Wash by Dial with results that are poignant, comic, confused — and stinky.
Source: New York Times