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And the most popular profile on bodybuilding. And on YouTube, images of him flexing and posing are remixed into epic motivational clips. He died in a sauna in Thailand when he was 22 years old.
Doctors said that he had an undiagnosed heart condition. But on the internet, he lives on as meme and inspiration. A new tribute is ed every couple of hours. It was about achieving the craziest physique possible. He pursued it until he literally died.
But a lot of other men are still chasing it, too. Zyzz made the male-on-male gaze explicit. And on the internet, whole new vocabularies and image references are forming to help men express themselves in this new mode. Here, everything is quantified. Life is a series of stats and reps and rankings. The male body is converted into a math problem to be solved. All of this can be totally fine.
But when you take the quantified self to its extreme conclusion, you find a hellscape of objectification. Every type of guy can be slotted into his own dehumanizing category — virgins, Ch, soy boys, cucks. They talk about relationships and politics. And those are easily filtered through this adolescent human ranking system, too. In these forums, humanity itself is reduced to a hierarchy. And the same ruthless logic that lures men to the fitness internet — that getting shredded will give you access to some elusive male dominance — is also easily exploited by people on the political fringe.
She writes the videos. By Amanda Hess. It has political ones, too. A comprehensive glossary of male internet culture, explaining everything from cucks to Ch, can be found here. Is he the key to unlocking the link between toxic masculinity, objectification, and fringe politics?
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