"Macho" by Hunter Madsen


Masculine qualities are expected of boys and men. Favored traits include strength, courage, independence, leadership, assertiveness, and large genitalia, all of which come together to trigger thuggy boorishness that may include 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 without due regard for consequences. Among our fellow hominid species, such assertion is universally a guy thing, and tends to end badly for all competitors except, of course, for 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)