Typically, the weakest spot of men is their manhood, be it physically ormentally. We all know that a blow to the genitals can bring down thestrongest man. But striking at a man's sense of manhood is just as efficient acowardly "low blow". The magical formula to defeat a macho is by pushinghim to do something dangerous and stupid, with the (not so) "secret" words :"I dare you to do it, if you're a man."- Pascal Rassi, artistA macho, as Rassi calls him, is not just stupid. He is a throwback toprehistoric days when the most powerful young men in a band or tribe werethe most daring and strongest. These were the warriors. These were the menwho forever trumpeted "My (blank) is better/bigger/stronger than your(blank)." These were the people who, as children, would not only accept reasonabledares, they would be the ones to taunt others with unreasonable or riskydares. They learned that they gained social power by making others look likechickens because they would not accept unreasonable dares. The people exist today, though they may be found in politics or in vocationsthat thrive on guile and people-management muscle as well as in gyms formuscle builders. They are not bullies, though they may be violently aggressive. Bullies lackself esteem and pick on those they perceive as weak, whereas the Testosterone Kings want to confront their equals or those who considerthemselves superior, to defeat them.Confrontation is a constant issue with the machos. Like prize fighters workingtheir way to the top, the machos win even when they lose because in a lossthey learn how to do it better the next time, to defeat the next macho in line. They don't lack self esteem. More likely they suffer from an unsupportableexcess of it.However, not all men succumb to a dare against their manhood. Some aresecure enough and intelligent enough to recognize a stupid dare and anunwinnable confrontation to walk away from it without looking back. Theyunderstand that their sexuality is not at risk because of a stupid dare.While this machoness is usually attributed to men, women suffer from thesame dares to their womanliness. The cosmetics industry thrives on it,indeed exists solely because of it. They dare women to be as beautiful as themodels in their advertising, even though the models may be anorexic andmadeup to within an inch of their lives, more like china dolls than realwomen.