I was reading Newsweek the other day, and I noticed a graphic which depicted men's rate of acceptance of the idea of being a stay-at-home dad/husband. The information itself wasn't terribly important (men aren't terribly opposed to the idea anymore), but I did notice something that I thought was quite interesting.
The graphic used little male symbols to show units of measurement (think bars on a bar graph). But what caught my eye was the fact that they did not use the traditional male symbol, but rather, a more...flaccid version of it.
Following is a comparison to show you what I'm talking about:
On the left is the traditional male symbol. On the right is my replication of the symbol they used. I don't want to be terribly crass, but I'm sure your mind is already there.
So is this something that's going on right now? Did the symbol change while I wasn't looking? Or is it meant to convey that stay-at-home husbands are less manly than their working counterparts?
I don't know why this grabbed my attention the way it did. It was a small graphic on the side of the page. But it did, and I thought I'd bring it up.