Item description for Sissy Nation: How America Became a Culture of Wimps & Stoopits by John Strausbaugh...
Praised by The New York Times Book Review for being “persuasive [and] provocative,” John Strausbaugh reveals in furious, funny, and ferocious strokes how Americans became sissified, soft, and scared—and offers us unforgettable solutions on how to snap out of it. The American Sissy cocoons in a safe, virtual world— Fundadome. He plays with online friendsters and he plays with himself, anything to abate the growing anxiety about everything from terrorists to sex and spinach, air and water. He votes for sissy leaders, who lash out at the world like bullies—sissies in tough-guy drag. He's so afraid of death and illness he doesn't really live; he medicates and analyzes. And he's so busy following the lives of the rich and famous that he has no time to have a rich and fulfilled life of his own. “I don't mean sissy as girly man versus manly man,” Strausbaugh says. “This is not about big biceps. It's about shrinking balls. And unless we stop acting like such sissies, soon enough some lean, angry barbarians from somewhere out Beyond Fundadome are going to overrun us, ramming their bayonets in our fat guts like fingers poking the Pillsbury Doughboy, and we won't be giggling.”
Strausbaugh leaves no sacred cow untipped. He is as non-partisan as he is a straight shooter, 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.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.3" Width: 5.7" Height: 0.9" Weight: 0.65 lbs.
Release Date Feb 5, 2008
Publisher Virgin Books
ISBN 190526416X ISBN13 9781905264162
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More About John Strausbaugh
John Strausbaugh has been writing about the culture and history of New York City for a quarter of a century. The Village, his epic history of Greenwich Village, has been widely praised and was selected as one of Kirkus Review's best books of the year. His previous books include Black Like You, a history of blackface minstrelsy; and E: Reflections on the Birth of the Elvis Faith.
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Over the top politically Jul 17, 2008
Apparently, Americans have become a nation of sissys because we refuse to adopt all basic tenents of the democratic party, to include gun control, open borders, communism, and we don't have cool tattoos. If you are a hip manhattanite convinced of your self-worth, you will find the book an amusing criticism of the fly-over states. If you think that the steady erosion of individual resposibility may have a role, then this book is not for you.
John tells it how it is. Apr 21, 2008
Sissy Nation is a great read. It's an interesting perspective of todays USA. We are a sissy nation. I believe it. Some words are harsh but heck he's right. You can read this book within a day, pass it around to your friends or sell it back on this site, I think everyone needs to understand where we have come from and where we are going.. five stars for John and look forward to a another book in ten years from him called " Hell they read my book and we now on the righteous path"
Pretty good book . . . for a sissified cityboy. Apr 10, 2008
Must say that I enjoyed John Strausbaugh's book a great deal. Seldom has common sense been so eloquent. YES, it is humorous, but far from satire -- this is a serious issue that the locksteping automaton sheeple are loathe to address (it "hurts their widdle feelings" and isn't "politically correct"). TRUTH is only objectuionable to those who fear it.
Strausbaugh boldly speaks his mind about "groupthink," politics, fundamentalism, obesity, anti-depressants, public education, the Interweb, and a number of other valid and timely topics . . . and I'm in agreement with over 90% of it.
HOWEVER, being a sheltered cityboy has insulated him from more than a few things, and I did note 2 glaring errors of fact:
1.) Strausbaugh naively lumps ALL gun owners in with mentally ill mass shooters and sociopathic gangstas who empty their Tec-9s over hurt feelings. He seems to think that Amerika would be a better place if everyone would just turn in their guns -- and blames "Joe Average" for supporting the criminal misuse of illegal firearms simply for refusing to waive his own 2nd Amendment right. He makes the "generic sissy argument" that the gun is a symbollic phallus used only to assauge one's feelings of inadequacy . . . riiiiight. I'M not a sissy. I own a gun because in MY neighborhood ALL the criminals carry illegal guns -- and there are about 5 shootings a week. They'll shoot you AFTER they've taken your wallet here. Not a nice place. I'm not about to let some smirking gangsta do whatever he likes to me and my friends just because HE has a gun and we don't. Grow up, John.
2.) Strausbaugh further posits that the "noble" illegal immigrants from Mexico simply want to earn pennies doing the jobs no-one else wants. Unlike the South, NYC has not experienced the devastation caused by the massive influx of illegal Mexicans. They are not travelling here to pick vegetables and scrub toilets -- no, they're working at skilled trades (fiberoptic cables, telecommunications wiring, masonry, construction) and making over minimum wage to do it. Subcontactors rake in huge profits by not only hiring, but transporting and housing them. These are not jobs that "nobody wants" -- they are Union jobs that you need a license to practice, and the wages are typically quadruple what the Mexicans are getting paid. Not only that, but they're not paying taxes . . . and using the SSNs of taxpayers to work here . . . and those innocent taxpayers get notice from the IRS that they owe taxes on the money "they" allegedly were paid for laying cable in NC while they were simultaneously waiting tables in CA! While the Mexicans are the administration's current whipping boy (i.e., distraction from Iraq and the economy), they are far from harmless innocents.
Even though I disagreed very strongly with those two points of fact, the remainder of this book was outstanding, and I recommend it highly. A wake up call that ought to be mandatory reading for all citizens.
He's got it right! Mar 21, 2008
The author has it right and lays it out in a no-holds-barred fashion. There will definitely be something in this book that will offend, but that's entirely the point. Sometimes one has to be shocked into awareness, something we're resistant to these days. We have become a weak and flabby nation, and are becoming a weak and flabby world; physically, emotionally, intellectually, and spiritually. It's subtle and it has occurred over a long period of time, but it is very real. People are easily slighted and chronically dissatisfied. Kids (and adults) have come to expect rewards and praise for simply doing the right thing (or for doing nothing), as a result there is nothing to really strive for. Everybody demands their 15 minutes of fame and they demand it now, even if they really have nothing to offer. Essentially, that is what this book is about. Sure, it's a bit of a rant and not every idea is examined in the detail I would have liked, but once I started I read it right through -- I couldn't put it down. We, as a nation, need to hear more of this sort of thing, particularly our kids. I'm grateful the author had the courage to write this book.
Practically Incoherent Mar 14, 2008
Suckered into buying this one by hype. It's just a screed with a few clever keywords tossed around. Sounds like something some nitwit would write in blog comments, though at greater length. An idea in search of a book. Even at 164 small-sized pages, it's 5 times too long.