January 13, 2000
I was watching TV and noticing the ritual humiliation of the American white male in image after image of stupid men who can't do anything right. But then a show on the Discovery Channel featured white men, too, middle-aged, but they were talking about defense policy, pretty sophisticated and high-powered stuff. It's interesting to compare the fantasy of the hapless male in the sitcoms and ads with the reality of real, live middle-aged men. Gus Owens Philadelphia Have an opinion on the news or issues of the day?
September 4, 2002
WHAT'S happened to our men? It used to be hard to find a man who was not of the macho variety, or one who wanted to be. Today, it is hard to find a man who is truly a man. Just the other day, I was out with a friend, and what did I notice? Men's purses! What are men carrying in there? Men are going to salons to get highlights and several salesmen that I know get manicures on a regular basis. What is going on? I want a man, a real man. No highlights, no manicures and especially not a man-purse.
December 23, 1986 |
Remember Real Men? They don't eat quiche. They wear the labels of their designer jeans inside their clothing. They do not have "meaningful dialogues. " That was three years ago. Today, there is a brand new role model: the Nice Guy. They are smart, sensitive, funny and polite. They are also weary of the singles scene, serious about commitment and just the slightest bit lonely. They sleep alone. Bruce Feirstein, 33, is something of an expert on Real Men and Nice Guys, having written the books on both: Real Men Don't Eat Quiche, the 1983 paperback best seller, and his recently published Nice Guys Sleep Alone, subtitled "Dating in the Difficult Eighties.
July 24, 1996 |
It seemed so simple, so logical: Find men peeved at the flood of gymnastics coverage, men drowning in a deluge of pixies prancing and swinging and vaulting their way into the hearts of America while real sports, such as boxing and basketball, were relegated to highlight status. In Philadelphia, a boxing and basketball mecca, the fellas must be outraged. We called the public relations people at NBC Sports. They told us we were wrong; that men and women alike fell for the tumblers fair; that, while they didn't break down sports individually, they knew women's gymnastics ruled the TV world.
March 6, 1998 |
It was a heartening sight. The doctor's kit on the toy store shelf had a picture of both a little boy and a little girl on the package. This tiny sign of progress pleased me, because I remember the day in the '70s when I realized that the contents of my little red "nurse's" kit were identical to those of my brother Mark's blue "doctor's" kit. The only difference, aside from the name and color, was that my plastic box carried a picture of...
September 8, 1996 |
Dear Dr. Love: My ex-boyfriend, who broke my heart in 27 pieces and dumped me in the self-help section of Barnes & Noble last winter, now says he wants to be "friends. " We broke up because he said my ears were too pointy for a lifetime commitment. Now that he's in therapy, he says ears are no longer an issue, but he still has a problem with my toes. He claims he waited until he had a new girlfriend so I wouldn't get the wrong idea. He isn't interested in romance. Just friendship.
April 6, 1995 |
Township residents were all over Township Manager Larry Comunale. Bryan Cohn, 5, rubbed a three-inch plush monkey on his cheek. Skye Freedman, 7, told him how to read. Sam Krowchenko, 6, just wanted him to move - he was blocking the pictures. "Real men" were easy to spot, towering over the group of 15 children on the floor of the Newtown Township Library large-print room. They were the ones with the suits, ties and large watches who sat cross-legged on the floor. The ones with the painted faces were the 5- and 6-year-olds.
April 18, 1994 |
And now, a moment for male bonding, guys talking to guys, about women. You might even want to bring this page into the locker room. The guys in question would like that. After all, they're college men. Frat guys, athletes - the self-proclaimed "Real Men of Rutgers. " Let's listen to what they say about the other 50 percent of the population: "Wake up, people! A partner is not an object to possess or abuse. " And: "It is up to men to ensure that sexual assaults no longer take place.
February 17, 1997
This is how, in glum February, America has come to commemorate the greatness that began and preserved its course as a free nation. On a day chosen by convenience, not history, we caricature greatness with powdered wigs and stovepipe hats and enlist it to shill for car dealers and supermarkets. Ahhh, the American way. But, to revive the meaning of this holiday, this Presidents' Day, we need to do more than just free George Washington and Abraham Lincoln from the clutches of consumerism.
February 4, 1987 |
The primary difference between men and women is that women can see extremely small quantities of dirt. Not when they're babies, of course. Babies of both sexes have a very low awareness of dirt, other than to think it tastes better than food. But somewhere during the growth process, a hormonal secretion takes place in women that enables them to see dirt that men cannot see, dirt at the level of molecules, whereas men don't generally notice it until it forms clumps large enough to support agriculture.