While entire bestselling books are being devoted to the topic of The End of Men we obviously disagree that our gender has somehow become less powerful, relevant, progressive and, well, present.
So do the editors at AskMen.com. For the 7th year running, they’ve put together a list of the year’s Top 49 Most Influential Men. According to AskMen, "this year’s list confirms that men are not only still a major force of influence in today’s society but they are overcoming adversity by reinventing themselves in a society that is ever-changing."
So who are you hoping to see on the list? Of course, the obvious poster boys are accounted for, including heartthrob Ryan Gosling, internet sensation Psy, and funnyman Seth MacFarlane. But what we loved about this list were the total surprises—like this year’s highly controversial football replacement refs.
Check out our 10 favorites from the list, then visit AskMen.com for the full breakdown of 2012’s most notable—and memorable—males.