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How the Rise of the ‘Softboy’ Fueled the Culture Wars
For decades, to the extent that male icons defined the popular media landscape, it was with a familiar archetype — the tough guy in denim and leather who used drugs and women with equal carelessness, discarding them before moving onto the next town and the next night.
America’s cultural landscape can’t be fully depicted through a few neat archetypes, but to understand how and why it’s changed so drastically over the past two decades, and why the reaction has been so strong — and to some, unexpected — one could do much worse than to consider the rise of the softboy, and what, and who, he stepped over to reach the cultural summit.
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