Macho by Hunter Madsen


Masculine qualities are expected of boys and men. The right stuff includes the traits of strength, courage, independence, leadership, assertiveness, and large genitalia. Put the whole package together and, presto, the markers are thuggy boorishness, man-splaining from on high, and man-spreading from below. Rampaging testosterone, even among toddlers, spurs noisy masculine display.

Machismo is an aspect of masculinity that, starting in the teen years, relishes the flexing of power and the imposition of sexual potency. Across the hominid species, assertion of this sort is universally a guy thing, and it tends to end badly for all competitors except for, of course, the momentary king of the hill and harem, who must never, for so much as an instant, turn his back.  Boys will be boys.


TITLE - "Macho"
WHERE - Monkey temple, Kathmandu, Nepal (2019)