The Big Think

November 30, 2013

Thoughts on Male Friendship (Or: Saying Goodbye, the Irish Way)

Filed under: Friends,Movies — jasony @ 9:34 am

what these four young men represent is a challenge to the common portrayal of male friendship in our popular culture. It is difficult to find, especially on television, an example of male friendship (outside of the military or law enforcement) that is neither transactional nor idiotic. For cheap beer, it’s the wingman trope. In sitcoms, it’s stupid men doing stupid things in stupid attempts at liberation from wives or girlfriends. Male friendships, we’re taught, are about finding or fleeing women; they are not valuable in themselves.

Watch the vid first:

Then read the article. Brilliant.

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