Discussion in 'Transformers 3rd Party Discussion' started by Operative294, Jun 10, 2019.
hey what happens in my man cave, stays in my man cave....
I’m pretty sure the majority of modern men are man-children. As a gender we stereotypically enjoy football or some
sort of sport, worship the players and reenact our favourite moments to live out fantasies, or are fanatics about cars or guitars or some other gadget and buy magazines and discuss them in various forums, plus we play practical jokes and take unnecessary risks that put us in harms way purely for entertainment.
Men like things. That’s how we evolved. The phrase ‘boys and their toys’ can be applied to most men; it just happens to be literal for us.
One of the first things I noticed when embarking into manhood and spending more time around ’adults’ is that the whole concept of being grown up is a childish illusion. What you view as being grown up as a kid is either an act or the result of life beating the joy and energy out you.
Now, I’m not sure where I’m going with this so I’m gonna go to bed.
I'm pretty sure the phrase "men don't grow up their toys just get more expensive" is applicable here.
For a few years, during my engagement, marriage and having a kid process, i was out of the collection. My hundreds of figures collected dust at my childhood house. And I retrieved them only to sold them to the last piece. But while selling the Transformers, i saw the mp figures and 3rdparty. Then i used the money from my old figures to get a few of these complex and detailed toys. And now i am in again, only this time my toys are more expensive. Plus i am also enjoying to play with toys with my 2,5 year old son.
I don't know, when i am older, the day may come which i am not interested in or get joy from toys anymore.
I love that you posted this. I've been saying for decades now that it's totally possible to be a "geek" or "nerd" about anything. People just think that it has to do with scifi or fantasy, but I've met people who are WAY bigger nerds about things like football or fishing or cars (that don't transform) and spend WAY more money than I do on those things. I'm glad I'm growing up in a time when these preconceived notions are melting away. Nowadays even my family and coworkers know about my transformers instagram and no one pokes fun or tells me to "grow up" or any of that bullshit.
I'm so gonna use this phrase. Thanks!
YOU DONT STOP PLAYING BECAUSE YOU GROW OLD
Y O U G R O W O L D B E C A U S E Y O U S T O P P L A Y I N G
Oh right I forgot you're a stereotype.
I once asked if you were a nerd stereotype and you said yes.
I wouldn't use evolution to argue those points. It's simply societal pressure to act a certain way depending on your gender identity. I am a gender abolitionist so I argue that we would be more fulfilled if we could pursue any interest without stereotypes to pressure us.
Says the guy who is all about "cancel culture."
Lmao you got me
Even if you’d argue that gender identities supposedly dictated by societal pressures and the oppressive patriarchy stem from a difference present in the biology of males and females from when roles in nature were far more instinctive?
I’m an internet contrarian so I know what I’m talking about.
I’m also quite sure society has never pressured grown men to obsess over toys so who knows what the hell we’ve all been influenced by.
I knew it was a matter of time before gender politics made it into tfw forums... smh
Live and let live people! (unless it's an opinion about a toy that's different than my opinion in which case YOU MUST DIE)
For me personally, I don't think I'll ever grow out of toys. They're not just pieces of plastic. There's really something magical about having something you love be physically present right there next to you.
Not to mention, they have supported me throughout some of the darkest points in my life. Like when I was suffering from severe anxiety and depression due to the combination of stress from work, finishing up a post-graduate degree and receiving a rather serious health diagnosis (don't worry, I'm fine for the near future) a couple of years ago, I was only able to find the will to carry on because I was looking forward to Masterpiece Dinobot's release. While I've gotten past that period, toys still remain a huge reason as to why continue to strive to do my best everyday. I want to be around for as long as possible to experience and own as many toys as possible. Sorry if it got too real there. (^.^')
I'm sure there are some gender roles that are closely linked to evolution, but none of the things you mentioned in the initial post are. You can see evidence of social influence for men to like sports by the super machismo messaging they do for American Football for example. Or when you are a child and all your relatives buy you certain toys that reflect gender roles. I can imagine the reason why men are more likely to enjoy Transformers is because of the vehicle and war components that are stereotypically manly things.
When I was a child, I remember playing with girls toys at my cousin's house but kinda feeling weird about it because they weren't "supposed" to be for me. That isn't some sort of evolutionary holdover. That's more so me being worried about being teased by my peers, which is a social pressure.
But hey, as Shmoptimus Prime says, live and let live!
At least we're being civil about it haha
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