Posted by on Aug 27, 2008 in Palaver, Writing |

It’s all in this impressive (27,000 interviews!) study. Takeaway: “Being seen as honorable, self-reliant and respected was more important to [survey respondents’] idea of masculinity than being seen as attractive, sexually active or successful with women.”

The whole post-Spenser PI archetype is really spelled out here, although PI protagonists tend to be honorable, self-reliant, and dynamite with the lay-deez.