Table of contents:
- More than friendship, less than love
- Vivid examples in cinema2
- Fears of scientists3
- What about women4
- Reverse side of the medal5
Video: What Is Bromance And Where Does This Concept Come From?
The world first heard the mysterious English word "bromance" in 1990. It was first used by journalist David Carney in his article about two skateboarders. If you refer to the literal translation of this word - "bro" (brother, comrade) and "romance" (novel), then it becomes obvious that the term implies a matrimonial relationship. However, bromance and bromance are different.
The content of the article
- 1 More than friendship, less than love
- 2 Striking examples in cinema
- 3 Scientists' concerns
- 4 What about women
- 5 Reverse side of the coin
Is there a hidden meaning in such a warm friendship between two men? Let's figure it out.
More than friendship, less than love
At first glance, it may easily seem to you that by bromance they simply mean the usual strong and real male friendship. However, this is not quite true. And there are at least two reasons to think so.
An incredibly strong bond
Bromance implies a stronger emotional connection than the usual male friendship in the usual sense. As a rule, two male bromancers have a common hobby, identical outlooks on life and often work in the same team. In addition, the topics most discussed by them are rarely limited to sexual victories and favorite alcoholic beverages. Often, in such a tandem, friends do not hesitate to discuss among themselves the most intimate experiences and personal tragedies.
Lack of complexes and prejudices
Bromance does not exclude quite close physical contact. In other words, two men are happy to share not only the table, but also the bed. Although most often there is no intimate character in this. But it is worth noting that their physical contact is not limited to a strong man's handshake or an approving pat on the shoulder. Bromance does not exclude close hugs and even kisses.
Vivid examples in cinema2
The bromance theme is widespread in fiction and cinema. You yourself have come across a vivid manifestation of it more than once, but you probably did not realize that there is a term for this phenomenon.
But if you dig a little in your memory, then you can easily remember a couple of your favorite films or TV shows, in the center of the storyline of which is the story of two bosom friends. They share a common life, hold similar positions and are well aware of each other's main problems. Moreover, each of them is not averse to spending time with some pretty beauty, but in the morning to return home in splendid isolation. And with ecstasy in the smallest detail to share with a comrade their exploits. House, Supernatural, Friends … And yes, you didn't think so! Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson are just a vivid example of the most real bromance.
Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson
And the Hollywood celebrities themselves do not hide a close relationship with their bros. Mat Damon and Ben Affleck, Gerard Piquet and Cesc Fabregas, Brad Pitt and George Clooney are bros with many years of experience.
Fears of scientists3
Large-scale studies of British scientists, conducted in 2017, showed that this type of male friendship is a serious problem for the institution of marriage. Such a model of behavior can quite seriously replace full-fledged family unions.
During the research, about 30 representatives of bromance were interviewed. And the results of the polls showed that these unions are absolutely no different from the model of the usual family. With the only exception that the bros did not have intimate contact with each other.
Mat Damon and Ben Affleck
It is worth noting that among the interviewed men there were no young students who simply due to certain circumstances are forced to share one room for two. All men surveyed were middle-aged, with a good financial income and, therefore, had no visible barriers to having their own housing. However, we enjoyed living in the same apartment with our best friend.
The poll showed that, despite numerous attempts, none of the men managed to build strong relationships with representatives of the fair half of humanity. Almost all men admitted that they were not ready to exchange a comfortable existence with a bro for a family relationship with a woman.
What about women4
Despite the fact that the founders of bromance were still men, some of the fair sex gladly took this baton from them.
Gerard Pique and Cesc Fabregas
In Western European countries, you can increasingly find families consisting of two ladies. However, do not rush to call their union lesbian! These ladies get along quite comfortably under the same roof with each other, bring up children from past marriages and go on romantic dates with pleasure … exclusively with men. But the bromance girls are in no hurry to create a social unit with them. Because they are not ready to change their usual way of life and complete mutual understanding with the closest girlfriend for another windy man.
Reverse side of the medal5
Nowadays, when the boundaries between femininity and masculinity are somewhat blurred, at first glance it is quite difficult to understand what exactly in front of you is an example of real friendship or a union of two homosexual men.
Bromancers are often accused of homosociality, the meaning of which is the need for close communication (excluding intimate relationships) only with people of their own sex. And it is worth noting, not without reason. It is not for nothing that homosociality and homosexuality are so consonant.
Brad Pitt and George Clooney
In the twentieth century, it was proved that a close friendly union of two men is not possible without an erotic background. After all, spending a long time under one roof, and the presence of joint hobbies, inexorably leads to the development of personal attachments. Thus, turning an ordinary friendship into a relationship of a typical average couple. Gender specialist Ira Riess drew a parallel between social role and gender definition.
Thus, we can confidently call bromance a very ambiguous and completely unexplored concept. There is no way to deny the lack of intimate interest in bromance, just like accusing two bosom best friends of a homosexual relationship. At the same time, true friendship continues to be one of the brightest feelings.