Friday, October 15, 2010

QuoteOTD: Un-macho, Un-macho Men

Enemy of all things manly?
Sometimes women actually live up to Men's Rights stereotypes. Consider Katherine Miller, a beta-male-taunting, Alpha-male idolizing, Vanderbilt-going, essay-writing gal who looks down her nose at all things wussy, from man-scarves to Joseph Gordon-Levitt: 
America’s elite has a problem. It’s skinny jeans and scarves, it’s Bama bangs and pants with tiny, tiny embroidered lobsters, it’s Michael Cera, it’s guys who compliment a girl’s dress by brand, it’s guys who don’t know who bats fourth for the Yankees. Between the hipsters and the fratstars, American intellectual men under the age of twenty-five have lost track of acting like Men—and these are our future leaders. We have no John Wayne, no Clint Eastwood. And girls? Girls hate it.
John Wayne? Clint Eastwood? Really? Couldn't you be a little less, well, cliche about your manly idols? Think outside the box. Think inside the ring. How about this guy? He's a snappy dresser with a hot retro style, he's a hit with the ladies, he's built like a fucking piledriver, and he could kick John Wayne's ass with one hand tied behind his back. (Or both, really, considering that John Wayne is, you know, dead.) Hell, the word Macho is even part of his name -- and plastered on his sunglasses to boot!

12 comments:

  1. We have no John Wayne, no Clint Eastwood. And girls? Girls hate it.
    I can't speak for girls, but a lot of women, in fact, like it.

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  2. I'd take a John Wayne or Clint Eastwood over a Michael Cera any day. There's nothing wrong with wanting a solid guy, not some hipster turd who wouldn't know how to fix a leaky tap. Not that women can't fix leaky taps either, just that it's nice to have a man who knows how things work and can do some "man jobs" while you do the "woman jobs." What do you have against that?

    I know I know, you're trying to be funny again, but unless you're really this dim and can't see that "John Wayne and Clint Eastwood" are simply representative of a certain type of calm and capable manliness, being deliberately obtuse just isn't all that funny.

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  3. It’s getting hard to tell the metros from the gay guys these days, no? Fashionably coifed, chatty, gym rats, they look like they’ve never been in a fist fight. Yet, the “metrosexual” phenomenon is just a symptom of the larger transformation of middle class masculinity in contemporary American society. The transformation has resulted in the “wussapalooka,” or the “neo-male,” defined here as the modern middle class white dude…who went to college. A technician of power, without any power himself, the wussapalooca derives his self-identity through group identification. He has the type of career, profession or vocation, that makes you want to flee from him at dinner parties.

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  4. I hate the women who try to speak for all women.

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  5. Look, it took a whole three comments to launch into the homophobic stereotyping in order to gender police. Miller is doing the same thing the MRAs do when faced with a man who isn't a stereotype of traditional masculinity and isn't a sexist ass, accusing him of being inferior (and, ala magdelyn, using homophobia). The thing about MRA patriarchy foot soldiers is that they can't seem to get the old slogan of "the patriarchy hurts men too". First, they complain about not being able to express emotions and variety, then they turn around the first chance they get to bash the guys that do. You know, if you stopped doing all this gay-bashing gender shaming, you would be able to express your emotions verbally, dress in different colors, admit you enjoy musicals and baking, etc. You're slitting your own damned throats and blaming it on everyone but yourselves.

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  6. The thing about MRA patriarchy foot soldiers is that they can't seem to get the old slogan of "the patriarchy hurts men too". First, they complain about not being able to express emotions and variety, then they turn around the first chance they get to bash the guys that do.

    Because it needed to be repeated.

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  7. "First, they complain about not being able to express emotions and variety, then they turn around the first chance they get to bash the guys that do."

    There are ways to express emotions, and there are ways not to express emotions. Unfortunately, our society has lost that truth as well as many others.

    "You know, if you stopped doing all this gay-bashing gender shaming, you would be able to express your emotions verbally, dress in different colors, admit you enjoy musicals and baking, etc."

    Strawmen bolster arguments so well. They go with one's hat on a pleasant summer day, as well.

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  8. Hm. Looks like we've got a member of the Emotions Police in our midst. Please, share with us your wisdom of how men are and are not allowed to behave, standards that are in no way oppressive and suffocating.

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  9. Because it needed to be repeated.

    Totally agree, so I quoted it in my latest post.

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  10. Sure men can express emotion, as long as they're not all faggy about it.

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  11. I don't care what this woman says, Joseph Gordon-Levitt is way more fuckable than Clint Eastwood ever was.
    And John Wayne wore scarves all the time.

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  12. I don't know if you read comments on old posts but micheal ciera ( sorry can't spell) is lovey! And why exactly isn't he ' manly' ? I think that people should really stop stereotyping both men and women. My boyfriend is big and muscly ( not in a gross way) but he's also the sweetest most considerate person I know ( out of both men and women) he likes listening to and playing music on his guitar and all those sweet Juno- type things but wants a shed, he can do the typical DIY stuff and wants a big screen tv. People should stop judging books/ men/women by their covers for all we know micheal ciera builds walls in his spare time whilst sipping beer and watching footy... Or not which is also fine :)

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