For a few years I have notice a particular style: tough-posing young men, stripped to the waist with well-defined muscles (due to weight training and steroid use) striding around the big city wearing shorts and flip-flops...
(Flip-flops are those rubber sandals held on by a pillar between the big toe and the index toe - Australians call them 'thongs'.)
This fashion was initially affected by upper-middle class young men, primarily sporty or Jock types who play rugby football, do vigorous athletics, or ski/ snowboard or something of that ilk.
But the posing torsos and thongs now seem to have spread to more working class would-be hard-men.
Tough guys in flip-flops!?
Hard men with drug-sculpted muscles!?
This is epicene-hardness. This is non-macho masculinity.
This is Hollywood/ Comic Book tough-guy.
This is a girl's idea of the a man of action - a mobile, jointed, pussy-footing mannequin.
What can be hoped-for from such stuffed-shirtless?
Can a nation be defended against the forces of evil by young men in flip-flops?
To ask is to answer.