Macho Like Me
An intriguing journey into the male world to see what makes a bloke tick
This article is from 2016.
With no preamble whatsoever, Helie Lee fires straight into her one-woman show about being a man. Or more accurately, as we see in her documentary footage, she recalls the positives (initially, some) and negatives (ultimately, loads) of the six months she spent as a guy. Becoming tired of her Korean parents trying to hook her up with an Asian husband before she withers away into unattainable spinsterhood, Lee finally pairs herself up with a dude called Kevin who she quickly realises is not her ideal match. What is it that men want? What better way to find out than becoming one?
At first, she is charmed by the low price of a man's haircut as well as the comfort and range of men's clothing choices, but soon she feels vulnerable as a man, sensing that they're more likely to suffer random acts of violence than women. But more than that, she's gutted at not looking cool or attractive in her male guise.
While there are a number of sweeping generalisations about women (all women talk to each other! What about the shy, introverted ones?) and men (men never hug! What about the ones who do?), Lee's show is still a thought-provoking (and often wryly amusing) journey into the male world. It's hard to disagree with her that anyone (not just men) who can't communicate with one another are probably condemned to a lonely fate.
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