Entry 8 | 21 March 2012 | 20:50
Hunter S. Thompson’s “Why Boys Will Be Girls” examines how tradition and (then) current events shaped the Hippy culture of the 1960’s as well as the reaction from the establishment of the appalling youth generation. (1) Like most of his works, this Thompson piece uses the skeleton of the collapse of masculinity among males to frame the meat of the discussion, much like an essay; after a brief explanation of free love culture, the author presents the opinions of those who view this new social movement as poisonous, and then proceeds to disassemble the aforementioned arguments using the same ideology of the hippies. Every ten to twenty years, a highly popular social group forms and they all have dovetailing interests in drugs and anti-establishment sentiments; this article will always be relevant, as long as humans continue to judge one another. Thompson’s style in this article often times strays a bit too far from the main premise of the article with his facetious musings, but he always brings his main points together at the end, and never fails to entertain his audience.
If one were to simply read the first half of this article without any prior knowledge of Thompson, one would consider him to be Limbaugh’s father, a raving conservative only concerned with keeping radical liberalism at bay. That is one thing that I appreciate most about this article. Thompson has an uncanny ability to draw reader’s in with written impersonations of one side, usually that of right-wing individuals, and delivering a stunning blow with logic or facts that blow the opposition’s arguments out of the water. However, some may still see though Thompson’s heavy sarcasm. The author’s claim that nothing is truly new or refreshing with the hippy culture also resonates with me. The United States goes through never ending cycles of hatred and social pioneering; people are never content in this country, because we have been taught to believe that someone or something is always out to get us. Whether this be communism or peaceful hippies, the U.S. is always at war. This sentiment makes it incredibly easy for people who are thinking differently or exercising their first amendment rights to be considered an enemy of the integrity of democracy or whatever. Thompson points out this fundamental problem with The Establishment in his article through ranting sprinkled with humor; perhaps not the most effective way to deliver an opinion, but it is an opinion that I agree with.
(1) Thompson, Hunter S. “Why Boys Will Be Girls,” Pageant: (Aug. 1967): 93-101. http://totallygonzo.org/gonzowriting/rare-articles/
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