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Monday's Connector: Nigella Lawson

April 16th, 2010
03:55 PM ET

Known by many as the "Queen of food porn", Nigella Lawson hardly needs a surname to be recognized.

The journalist turned television cook is regarded as this generation's domestic goddess.

With her strong yet feminine style, she is lauded as both an object of male adulation and a female ideal.

Although many refer to her as a celebrity chef, Lawson has never been professionally trained - but that hasn't stopped her brand from exploding

In addition to seven cook books, Lawson has hosted a series of television shows that explore everything from Christmas dinners to comfort foods that make you happy.

And this week, Lawson has just come out with her very own Ipod application that gives users the chance to use a huge range of the chef's recipes.

Please leave your comments for Nigella Lawson below.

Is there a 'menaissance' revolution on the way?

April 16th, 2010
03:41 PM ET

For all the women out there, I think it’s time for you to finally answer the question of whether you like your men to be the rugged masculine type or if you prefer a bit more sensitivity in a metrosexual kind of way.

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The metrosexual revolution firmly took its grip on male culture after football player David Beckham infamously wore a sarong in public and kicked off the debate in the 1990s.

In turn, nearly two decades later millions of men have become accustomed to their face moisturizer and herbal scurbs in addition to tight jeans and sometimes even tighter shirts.

In many cases, your typical manly man has disappeared among a generation of younger men.

But could there be a "menaissance" revolution on our heels?

Well, if a small group of university professors in the United States have their way, there soon will be a new academic discipline called male studies.

“Males are at a point now where they are experiencing a considerable amount of dismay and uncertainty and males have somewhat been scorned, in principle by females,” Lionel Tiger told CNN.

Tiger goes on to say that the idea behind a male studies course is to explore the biology behind masculinity and that it was in part created out of a concern that our culture was “feminizing boys”.

While you may or may not agree with the theory of feminization, other men are fighting the problem by going retro.

Brett McCay supports the “retrosexual movement” and has written “The Art of Manliness” which he says men can end the confusion by embracing the tradition of machismo that includes honor and self-reliance.

Here’s your chance to sound off on this issue.

Do you think men are ready to ditch the metrosexual movement and embrace a more ‘manly’ way of life? Is there even a problem in the first place?

Please leave your comments below and let us know where you’re writing from.

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