by Maria Dahvana Headley
SEATTLE, WASHINGTON -
It’s part of the core American mythology that the bigger the balls, the bigger the man.
Balls, as in grit, guts, willingness to push too hard and move too fast, and to defy decorum (decorum is, needless to say, for pussies) in order to achieve the aim. It’s how America was founded. How the West was won. It’s how every movie in which a badass conquers the badguys ends. Why does the hero win?
He’s got big balls.
Let me just say it: We are Americans, and we are totally obsessed by the concept of balls.