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Our culture cripples the emotional development of men. "You gotta be tough," boys are taught from birth. Males are allowed to feel an emotion like anger because it is a "tough" emotion, but almost all others must be suppressed. And the worst part? Women have completely bought into this. It is as much the mothers as the fathers who pass this on to their children. And it is the potential girlfriends and wives who reinforce it, reliably choosing what used to be called the "strong, silent type" over the sensitive man.
Sensitivity equals weakness in the logic of this culture. And remember, you gotta be tough. While sometimes paying lip service to sensitivity, our culture is engaged in desensitization at every turn. Music, sports, movies, video, gaming--the most popular of pop culture-- all assault the sensitive and pound them into submission. Books have been written on why this is so, but these are books not likely to be read or believed by those most affected. And those who profit most from this desensitization, like corporations and the military, aren't talking. Why should they? They are winning.
Generation after generation, we fail to see the connection between this desensitization and the frustrated, isolated, and abusive men it produces. "I'm Not From Around Here" is a declaration that it is all right to choose a different path, to refuse to conform to this destructive social norm. This quiet yet powerful song reveals the emasculation of the male's emotional life for what it is. It encourages the listener to stop being had.
About Eric Wrobbel
This songwriter, artist, musician and humorist has written and produced hundreds of interesting tracks for himself and others in his long, eclectic career. Rarely performing live, he has almost exclusively focused his musical efforts as a studio artist, working in a wide range of styles that have variously been described as rock, folk, country, psych, humor, and pop.
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