How America Became a Culture of Wimps & Stoopits
By John Strausbaugh
(Virgin Books, Hardcover, 9781905264162, 176pp.)
Publication Date: February 5, 2008
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Praised by the New York Times Book Review for being persuasive [and] provocative,” this commentary reveals in furious, funny, and ferocious strokes how Americans became sissified, soft, and scaredand offers unforgettable solutions on how to snap out of it. The American Sissy cocoons in a safe, virtual worldFundadome. He plays with online friendsters and he plays with himself, anything to abate the pall of anxiety hanging over his head about everything from terrorists to spinach to air and sunshine. He votes for sissy leaders who bully the worldsissies in tough-guy drag. He's so afraid of death and illness, he doesn't really livehe overmedicates himself and overprotects his kids. And he's so busy preoccupied with the lives of the rich and famous that he forgets all about having a fulfilled life of his own. Strausbaugh leaves no sacred cow untipped. He is as nonpartisan as he is straight shooting, taking equal aim at Democrats and Republicans, gays and straights, PETA fanatics, and the Christian right. But all is not lost. Sissy Nation offers "modest proposals" for getting back the gumption that made this culture great.
John Strausbaugh is the editor of New York Press. His previous books include Black Like You: Blackface, Whiteface, Insult & Imitation in American Popular Culture and Rock 'Til You Drop: The Decline from Rebellion to Nostalgia.