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Culture now celebrates the guy's guy
Boston Globe ^ | August 09, 2006 | Johnny Diaz

Posted on 08/10/2006 6:05:09 AM PDT by wallcrawlr

Metrosexuals may have had their 15 minutes of fame. The cultural pendulum is swinging back to manly men.

Aaron Swan is a guy's guy.

He's a personal trainer. He drinks beer with his buds at Whiskey's on the weekends. He's a big Red Sox fan.

Jack Bauer, who tortures terrorists on the television drama "24," is one of his heroes.

Why?

"He doesn't really follow the rules. He doesn't have time for the petty stuff," says Swan, 23. "Jack Bauer does whatever he has to do to get the job done."

The man's man may have seemed MIA in recent years, overshadowed by the popularity of those polished, waxed and groomed men known as metrosexuals.

But our culture is shifting its spotlight back to the guy's guy, the everyday men who wear work boots, change their own oil, get their hair cut at barbershops and wouldn't have the faintest idea where to get a pedicure or mud mask.

(Excerpt) Read more at startribune.com ...


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KEYWORDS: genx; retrosexuals; theallgaybostonglobe
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1 posted on 08/10/2006 6:05:09 AM PDT by wallcrawlr
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To: carlr; Jersey Republican Biker Chick; najida; Maximus of Texas; EX52D; Mike Bates; Mr. Jeeves; ...

Time to butch back up dudes.



(I stole Millee’s ping list again)


2 posted on 08/10/2006 6:05:29 AM PDT by wallcrawlr
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To: wallcrawlr
The cultural pendulum is swinging back to manly men.

Men ignore cultural pendulums. And the Boston Globe. ;)

3 posted on 08/10/2006 6:08:14 AM PDT by Mr. Jeeves ("When the government is invasive, the people are wanting." -- Tao Te Ching)
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To: wallcrawlr

Guy's guy?

What happened to "man's man"? I'm all for seeing more of them around. Enough of the girly-men. Yuck.


4 posted on 08/10/2006 6:11:15 AM PDT by Miztiki (Pearland, TX)
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To: wallcrawlr

He may drink beer with his buds at Whiskey's on the weekends, and he may weel be a Red Sox fan, but if he's a personal trainer, he's mostly metro.


5 posted on 08/10/2006 6:14:22 AM PDT by flowerplough
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To: wallcrawlr

I'm glad that I'm finally getting some appreciation. OTOH, most women in my age group are nuts and will probably be behind the curve on this...


6 posted on 08/10/2006 6:15:09 AM PDT by JamesP81 ("Never let your schooling interfere with your education" --Mark Twain)
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To: wallcrawlr
The man's man may have seemed MIA in recent years

What a load of dung. The truth is that the "man's man" has been out of town on business. He's hardly been MIA.


8 posted on 08/10/2006 6:21:01 AM PDT by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: wallcrawlr
He's a personal trainer.

In other words, he likes to look at himself in a mirror.
9 posted on 08/10/2006 6:23:18 AM PDT by HaveHadEnough
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To: Miztiki

dude's dude


10 posted on 08/10/2006 6:25:01 AM PDT by wallcrawlr
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To: wallcrawlr
Aaron Swan is a guy's guy.

In Massachusetts that might mean something entirely different.

11 posted on 08/10/2006 6:32:30 AM PDT by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: wallcrawlr
I see several problems with this "guy's guy"...

He's a personal trainer. He drinks beer with his buds at Whiskey's on the weekends. He's a big Red Sox fan.

While he might get one point for hanging with the dudes at the local watering hole (let's face it, it's not necessarily a good thing...the Sex in the City gals also hung out at a watering hole, drinking "mojitos,") he gets negative points for being a "personal trainer" and zero for being a Sox fan...after all, Jean Francois Kerry also claimed to be a Sox fan...

Here's the clincher, though...

Jack Bauer, who tortures terrorists on the television drama "24," is one of his heroes.

Everyone knows that Chuck Norris can beat Jack Bauer, so he gets zero points for this one!

12 posted on 08/10/2006 7:07:39 AM PDT by JRios1968 (That gal knows how to shake a possum...)
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To: JRios1968

chuck norris gets owned:


http://norrispaddle.ytmnd.com/


13 posted on 08/10/2006 7:18:36 AM PDT by wallcrawlr
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To: wallcrawlr

Theif.


14 posted on 08/10/2006 7:23:12 AM PDT by motormouth (Whatever you are, be a good one.)
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To: wallcrawlr

Thanks for the pint, crawlr. I've a sudden urge to wrap myself in flannel and crack open a Fosters...[burp!]


15 posted on 08/10/2006 7:24:47 AM PDT by Froufrou
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To: JamesP81
OTOH, most women in my age group are nuts and will probably be behind the curve on this...

As for me and my friends, it's refreshing when we run into a "guy's guy." I get so tired of seeing all these metros everyday. I just can't handle men who spend more time and money on their appearance than I do.
16 posted on 08/10/2006 7:29:57 AM PDT by RockyTop4GOP
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To: Froufrou
Thanks for the pint, crawlr.

Interesting typo.

17 posted on 08/10/2006 7:35:02 AM PDT by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: PBRSTREETGANG

Oh my, how embarrassing! Guiness I had better fill my cuppagain...


18 posted on 08/10/2006 7:37:44 AM PDT by Froufrou
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To: PBRSTREETGANG; Froufrou

I'm used to being thanked for "it".


19 posted on 08/10/2006 7:38:10 AM PDT by wallcrawlr
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To: RockyTop4GOP
As for me and my friends, it's refreshing when we run into a "guy's guy." I get so tired of seeing all these metros everyday. I just can't handle men who spend more time and money on their appearance than I do.

I'm in my early 20s, and it seems the majority of ladies in my age group still seem to prefer the metros. It's nice to know there are some out there that have a different attitude.
20 posted on 08/10/2006 7:42:54 AM PDT by JamesP81 ("Never let your schooling interfere with your education" --Mark Twain)
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To: JamesP81
I'm in my early 20s, and it seems the majority of ladies in my age group still seem to prefer the metros.

That's because girls in that age bracket can still count on their dad to fix their car!

21 posted on 08/10/2006 7:44:30 AM PDT by Drew68
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To: wallcrawlr

But wall I still have you down for a manicure this Friday.


22 posted on 08/10/2006 7:46:02 AM PDT by baker_girl
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To: wallcrawlr

This is not the same as bragging, is it? ;o)


23 posted on 08/10/2006 7:46:40 AM PDT by Froufrou
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To: wallcrawlr
Ouzounian, 28, who lives in Salt Lake City and has a popular (and politically incorrect) website, which is modestly called "The Best Page in the Universe."

The Best Page in the Universe

24 posted on 08/10/2006 7:48:02 AM PDT by Drew68
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To: Froufrou

I dont have to brag...when you glow.


25 posted on 08/10/2006 7:50:24 AM PDT by wallcrawlr
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To: baker_girl
dagnabit...


26 posted on 08/10/2006 7:51:09 AM PDT by wallcrawlr
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To: USNBandit

GOOD JOB, GREAT POST!!! That's the manly man, alright!


27 posted on 08/10/2006 7:58:41 AM PDT by Froufrou
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To: wallcrawlr
Oh yeah did you want to go ahead and try the honey mask.

-running away-

28 posted on 08/10/2006 8:00:13 AM PDT by baker_girl
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To: wallcrawlr
Time to butch back up dudes.

It's about time! The role model for men should never be limp wristed sensitive types.

29 posted on 08/10/2006 8:00:44 AM PDT by Hacksaw (Deport illegals the same way they came here - one at a time.)
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To: Drew68
That's because girls in that age bracket can still count on their dad to fix their car!

ROTFL! That's the truth! I just moved to DC about a month ago and opted not to bring my car because my dad is 600 miles away and too far to help! There were several times in college when I made Dad drive 100 miles to fix it. On some level, I think it makes dads feel appreciated that they can still help their little girls. :)

Moving away from middle America and into the land of metrosexuals has made me appreciate real guys A LOT more. Here knowing how to fix a car, use a powertool or drive a truck instantly makes you attractive.
30 posted on 08/10/2006 8:03:09 AM PDT by RockyTop4GOP
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To: baker_girl

"honey mask"


sounds kinky....whoa!!!


31 posted on 08/10/2006 8:03:18 AM PDT by wallcrawlr
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To: wallcrawlr

32 posted on 08/10/2006 8:09:30 AM PDT by baker_girl
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To: wallcrawlr; Slings and Arrows


That's special news!

33 posted on 08/10/2006 8:12:45 AM PDT by sully777 (You have flies in your eyes--Catch-22)
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To: baker_girl

34 posted on 08/10/2006 8:19:43 AM PDT by wallcrawlr
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To: sully777; MeekOneGOP; Conspiracy Guy; DocRock; King Prout; SandyInSeattle; Darksheare; OSHA; ...
MEN - by Steve Martin and Martin Mull

It's great to be on a ship with men
And sail across the sea-o
We don't know where we'll land or when
But it's great to be with men
'Cause men can sweat and men can stink
And no one seems to care-o
We'll throw the dishes in the sink
And clog the sink with hair-o

Men, men, men, it's a ship filled with men
So batten down the ladies room,
There's no one here but men
There's men above, there's men below
There's men down in the galley
there's Mitch and Dave and Jim and Bob
And one guy we call Sally

Men, men, men, it's ship all filled with men
You'll never have to lift the seat
There's no one here but men
We're men and friends until the end
And none of us are sissies
At night we'll sleep in separate beds
And blow each other kissies

Men, men, men, it's a ship all filled with men
So throw your rubbers overboard
There's no one here but men

Aaaaaaaammmmennnnn


35 posted on 08/10/2006 8:22:53 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (Visit www.greenhelmetguy.com! We'll put a corpse on the rubble for you.)
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To: Slings and Arrows; Watery Tart; Allegra; wallcrawlr; Millee


I always wanted to be a lumberjack...
36 posted on 08/10/2006 8:32:31 AM PDT by sully777 (You have flies in your eyes--Catch-22)
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To: wallcrawlr

LOL!

Great thread....thanks. :)


37 posted on 08/10/2006 8:33:53 AM PDT by najida (The internet is for kids grown up-- Where else could you have 10,000 imaginary friends?)
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To: sully777

"Oh, Travis! I thought you were so...rugged!"


38 posted on 08/10/2006 8:34:25 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (Visit www.greenhelmetguy.com! We'll put a corpse on the rubble for you.)
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To: sully777
...thats ok...
39 posted on 08/10/2006 8:44:54 AM PDT by wallcrawlr
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To: wallcrawlr
Damn it! And I was just learning how to accessorize.
40 posted on 08/10/2006 9:12:09 AM PDT by BJClinton (What happens on Free Republic, stays on Google.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Been saying it for years!!!!!

I've had ENOUGH!! OK, I have had it. I've taken all I can stand and I can't stand no more. Every time my TV is on, all that can be seen is effeminate men prancing about, redecorating houses and talking about foreign concepts like "style" and "feng shui.

" Heterosexual, homosexual, bisexual, transsexual, metrosexual, non-sexual; blue, green, and purple-sexual - bogus definitions have taken over the urban and suburban world!

Real men of the world, stand up, scratch your butt, belch, and yell "ENOUGH!" I hereby announce the start of a new offensive in the culture Wars, the Retrosexual movement.

The Code :

A Retrosexual man, no matter what the women insists, PAYS FOR THE DATE.

A Retrosexual man opens doors for a lady. Even for the ones that fit that term only because they are female.

A Retrosexual DEALS with IT, be it a flat tire, break-in into your home, or a natural disaster, you DEAL WITH IT.

A Retrosexual not only eats red meat, he often kills it himself.

A Retrosexual doesn't worry about living to be 90. It's not how long you live, but how well. If you're 90 years old and still smoking cigars and drinking, I salute you.

A Retrosexual does not use more hair or skin products than a woman. Women have several supermarket aisles of stuff. Retrosexuals need an endcap (possibly 2 endcaps if you include shaving goods.)

A Retrosexual does not dress in clothes from Hot Topic when he's 30 years old.

A Retrosexual should know how to properly kill stuff (or people) if need be. This falls under the "Dealing with IT" portion of The Code.

A Retrosexual watches no TV show with "*****" in the title. Example..."***** Eye for the Straight Guy" *The censor took care of this 'un...

A Retrosexual does not let neighbors screw up rooms in his house on national TV.

A Retrosexual should not give up excessive amounts of manliness for women. Some is inevitable, but major reinvention of yourself will only lead to you becoming a froo-froo little puss, and in the long run, she ain't worth it.

A Retrosexual is allowed to seek professional help for major mental stress such as drug/alcohol addiction, death of your entire family in a freak treechipper accident, favorite sports team being moved to a different city, favorite bird dog expiring, etc. You are NOT allowed to see a shrink because Daddy didn't pay you enough attention. Daddy was busy DEALING WITH IT. When you screwed up, he DEALT with you.



A Retrosexual will have at least one outfit in his wardrobe designed to conceal himself from prey.

A Retrosexual knows how to tie a Windsor knot when wearing a tie -- and ONLY a Windsor knot.

A Retrosexual should have at least one good wound he can brag about getting.

A Retrosexual knows how to use a basic set of tools. If you can't hammer a nail, or drill a straight hole, practice in secret until you can -- or be rightfully ridiculed for the wuss you be.

A Retrosexual knows that owning a gun is not a sign that your are riddled with fear, guns are TOOLS and are often essential to DEAL WITH IT. Plus it's just plain fun to shoot.

Crying. There are very few reason that a Retrosexual may cry, and none of them have to do with TV commercials, movies, or soap operas. Sports teams are sometimes a reason to cry, but the preferred method of release is cussing or throwing the remote control. Some reasons a Retrosexual can cry include (but are not limited to) death of a loved one, death of a pet (fish do NOT count as pets in this case), loss of a major body part.

When a Retrosexual is on a crowded bus and or a commuter train, and a pregnant woman, heck, any woman gets on, that Retrosexual stands up and offers his seat to that woman, then looks around at the other so-called men still in their seats with a disgusted "you punks" look on his face.

A Retrosexual knows how to say the Pledge properly, and with the correct emphasis and pronunciation. He also knows the words to the Star Spangled Banner

A Retrosexual will have hobbies and habits his wife and mother do not understand, but that are essential to his manliness, in that they offset the acceptable manliness decline he suffers when married/engaged or in a serious healthy relationship - i. e., hunting, boxing, shot putting, shooting, cigars, car maintenance.

A Retrosexual man can drive in snow (heck, a blizzard) without sliding all over or driving under 20mph, without anxiety, and without high-centering his ride in a snow bank.

A Retrosexual man can chop down a tree and make it land where he wants. Wherever it lands is where he darn well wanted it to land.

A Retrosexual will give up his seat on a bus to not only any women but any elderly person or person in military dress (except 2nd Lt's) NOTE: The person in military dress may turn down the offer but the Retrosexual man will ALWAYS make the offer to them and thank them for serving their country.

A Retrosexual man doesn't need a contract -- a handshake is good enough. He will always stand by his word even if circumstances change or the other person deceived him.

A Retrosexual man doesn't immediately look to sue someone when he does something stupid and hurts himself. We understand that sometimes in the process of doing things we get hurt and we just DEAL WITH IT !


41 posted on 08/10/2006 9:19:26 AM PDT by The SISU kid (Someday someone may kill you with your own gun, but they should have to beat you to death with it be)
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To: BJClinton
Damn it! And I was just learning how to accessorize.


42 posted on 08/10/2006 9:20:16 AM PDT by sully777 (You have flies in your eyes--Catch-22)
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To: wallcrawlr; Millee; BJClinton; qam1; TheBigB; martin_fierro; Slings and Arrows; All

Don't know if anyone remembers a parody song from the early 1990s entitled Sensitive New Age Guy. It was a minor hit in NJ at the time. Seems appropriate to this thread.



Sensitive New Age Guys
Words and Music by Christine Lavin and John Gorka
Copyright 1990 CL2 (ASCAP) & Blues Palace Music (ASCAP)

Who like to talk about their feelings?
(Sensitive new age guys.)
Who's into crystals, into healing?
(Sensitive new age guys.)
Who like to dress like Richard Simmons?
(Sensitive new age guys.)
Who are hard to tell from women?
(Sensitive new age guys.)
Who like to cry at weddings?
Who think boxing is upsetting?
Who tapes "Thirty Something" on their VCR,
Who's got "Baby on Board" stickers on their cars, oh,
(Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh)

Whose last names are hypenated?
(Sensitive new age guys.)
Who like "Three Men and a Baby" a movie I hated?
(Sensitive new age guys.)
Whose consciousness is constantly raising?
(Sensitive new age guys.)
Whose tax free income is amazing?
(Sensitive new age guys.)
Who thinks that red meat is disgusting?
Who's into UFO's channeling, and usting?
Who believes us when we say we've got premenstrual syndrome?
Who doesn't know who plays in the Seattle Kingdome?

Who likes music that repetitious?
(Sensitive new age guys.)
Who likes music that's repetitious?
(Sensitive new age guys.)
Who's concerned about your orgasm? (silence)
Well, I guess it's more important that they have 'em.
(Sensitive new age guys.)
Who carries the baby on his back?
Who thinks Shirley MacLaine is on the inside track?
Who always sings on sing-alongs,
Even when they can't stand stupid sing-along songs?


43 posted on 08/10/2006 9:28:01 AM PDT by sully777 (You have flies in your eyes--Catch-22)
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To: BJClinton
grillz are always cool


44 posted on 08/10/2006 9:44:30 AM PDT by wallcrawlr
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To: wallcrawlr
Have to show a real man's man
45 posted on 08/10/2006 10:03:37 AM PDT by fredhead (Women want me....Fish fear me....I can dream can't I?)
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To: sully777; ItsOurTimeNow; PresbyRev; tortoise; Fraulein; StoneColdGOP; Clemenza; m18436572; ...
Xer Ping

Ping list for the discussion of the politics and social (and sometimes nostalgic) aspects that directly effects Generation Reagan / Generation-X (Those born from 1965-1981) including all the spending previous generations (i.e. The Baby Boomers) are doing that Gen-X and Y will end up paying for.

Freep mail me to be added or dropped. See my home page for details and previous articles.

46 posted on 08/10/2006 10:27:32 AM PDT by qam1 (There's been a huge party. All plates and the bottles are empty, all that's left is the bill to pay)
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To: wallcrawlr

Eeeeew.


47 posted on 08/10/2006 10:35:57 AM PDT by Huntress (Possession really is nine tenths of the law.)
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To: USNBandit

very well put.


48 posted on 08/10/2006 10:43:30 AM PDT by jjm2111 (http://www.purveryors-of-truth.blogspot.com)
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To: wallcrawlr
...get their hair cut at barbershops ...

My hubby cuts his own hair, now that's a brave man.

49 posted on 08/10/2006 11:20:05 AM PDT by Tamar1973 (Don't argue with an idiot; people watching may not be able to tell the difference.)
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To: Tamar1973

flowbie?


50 posted on 08/10/2006 11:50:00 AM PDT by wallcrawlr
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