This thread is ridiculous. Does anyone want to join me in the middle, somewhere between the skeletal metrosexual pansies and the egotistical musclebound rapists?
As to why more men don't lift weights, I guess the biggest reason is that it's just not their thing. Just like many guys don't care about being rich, or having kids, or spelunking, or running for political office, many guys just don't care about the iron game. I happen to love it, but I wouldn't do it if it felt like a chore. Even among lifters, many people don't care about aesthetics. Witness all the people on this forum who think that working on your biceps is a joke.
Another thing is that most people don't know about StrongLifts or Starting Strength, which are way the hell easier than the routines pushed by bodybuilding magazines. I used to start off with legs: 3 sets of leg presses, 3 sets of Smith machine squats, 3 sets of leg extensions, 3 sets of leg curls. Then on to chest: 3 sets of flat bench, 3 sets of incline bench, 3 sets of decline bench, 3 sets of flyes, and so on for each body part. When you're not seeing results, this wears you down after a while. Oh, and each set is done to failure, with a good number of drop sets and partial reps thrown in. And if you question any of it, you're a pussy.
I think more guys would lift weights if they knew how easy, fun, and effective it is, just like primal eating. But then there would still be lots of guys who wouldn't like it. Don't forget that even Mark doesn't recommend barbell training. He's not anti-iron per se, but he's sure not a Rippetoe disciple.
"Don't go in there, General, it's a trap! That's a grain chamber. It makes people like you into people like me."