Wednesday, February 21, 2007

What Scares a Man?

Men's Health's Mr. Sensitive-type columnist draws up a list of 15 things that scare men. Public humiliation, living paycheck to paycheck, O.K., that seems reasonable. But where on the list is getting drafted (yes I know there's no draft) or otherwise having to fight in a war? Where is getting sent to prison? Prison rape? Wife dying? Kids dying? Being old, decrepit, and lonely? These are all relevant manly-man things to worry about.


At Wednesday, February 21, 2007 at 4:09:00 PM PST, Blogger Corey said...

Tofurky scares men? I'm not a vegetarian and I *like* tofurky. What an odd list.

At Wednesday, February 21, 2007 at 4:31:00 PM PST, Blogger Adam Villani said...

And he's even got it up at #3. This list is like "I'm a sensitive guy in touch with my feelings, but hey look--- I've got a sense of humor, too!" And what's scary about Supernanny? Maybe he means the horrible families that appear on that show, but the Supernanny herself seems to be pretty useful.

What's up with "her tears" being in there, anyway? It's not something you want to see, but I wouldn't say I fear it.

At Thursday, February 22, 2007 at 4:16:00 AM PST, Blogger Paul C. said...

Yeah, of all stuff on TV out there that could prove potentially frightening, I wouldn't have picked Supernanny. I'm much more inclined to go with My Super Sweet 16- if I ever have daughters, I hope to jeebus this show is long-gone by their teenage years. Honestly, the thought of siring a spoiled brat who'll make me pay out the nose for an outlandish themed birthday party just to one-up her friends makes me scared of the thought of being a father.

At Friday, February 23, 2007 at 4:44:00 AM PST, Blogger Paul C. said...

Another thing- maybe it's just me, but the phrase "being a hero to your kids" is something straight out of modern sensitive-guy school of parenting. When I was growing up, I loved my dad and respected him, but I never really considered him a hero. Frankly, I think being a parent is too consuming a job to really focus on being worthy of idolization. A good father should not ask for your hero worship, but rather teach by example- how to live well, how to provide for your family, how to raise children to be good adults. While I agree that a father should save face in front of his children (and this is where the entry on humiliation applies), I'm not sure that it's altogether necessary- or even preferable- to be Mr. Cool in their minds. Kids' tastes are notorious fickle, after all- better to be rock solid than a rock star.


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