Male Physical Decline: Masculinity Is Threatened | National Review
"Young American males are losing touch with a critical element of true masculinity.
If you’re the average Millennial male, your dad is stronger than you are.
In fact, you may not be stronger than the average Millennial female.
You’re exactly the kind of person who in generations past had your milk money confiscated every day — who got swirlied in the middle-school bathroom.
The very idea of manual labor is alien to you, and even if you were asked to help, say, build a back porch, the task would exhaust you to the point of uselessness.
Welcome to the new, post-masculine reality.
This morning, the Washington Post highlighted a study showing that the grip strength of a sample of college men had declined significantly between 1985 and 2016.
Indeed, the grip strength of the sample of college men had declined so much — from 117 pounds of force to 98 — that it now matched that of older Millennial women.
In other words, the average college male had no more hand strength than a 30-year-old mom.
...I’ve experienced the impact — even as an older adult — of the physical transformation of Army training.
Our culture strips its young men of their created purpose and then wonders why they struggle.
It wonders why men — who are built to be distinctive from women — flail in modern schools and workplaces designed from the ground-up for the feminine experience.
Men were meant to be strong.
Yet we excuse and enable their weakness.
It’s but one marker of cultural decay, to be sure, but it’s a telling marker indeed.
There is no virtue in physical decline."