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    Man Up, Ladymen

    By kyle | October 14, 2010

    Eastwood tells truths. 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.

    This all occurred to me at 1:47 a.m. on November 8, 2008. I was on the phone in a hotel hallway, listening to this guy moan about this girl that didn’t want to get it get it, if you will. Out of some cruel, dazzling dark corner of my metal heart, a single thought formulated: Man up.

    –Katherine Miller, editor of Student Free Press Association Website. The rest of the essay (there’s plenty more words out there, like 2000 more) can be found in Jonah Goldberg’s Proud to Be Right. Miller’s blog is Awkward Awesome.

    Topics: Blogs, Politics | 6 Comments »

    6 Responses to “Man Up, Ladymen”

    1. Hunter Tremayne Says:
      October 14th, 2010 at 9:49 am

      Well you hit it on the head with Michael Cera (who is Canadian, but what does that matter?) Just look to the movies. Where are the real men? There’s Daniel Craig, Christian Bale, Clive Owen, Gerard Butler, Liam Neeson, Jason Statham, Russell Crowe, and Eric Bana, but they are all British or Australian. All America has right now is Bruce Willis and middleweights like Matt Damon and Mark Wahlberg. Whither John Wayne, indeed?

    2. JohnFNWayne Says:
      October 14th, 2010 at 1:59 pm

      Bana was awesome in “Blackhawk Down.”

    3. yankeefan Says:
      October 14th, 2010 at 2:09 pm

      Alex Rodriguez. And Robbie Cano if A-Rod’s injured.

    4. Patrick Wahl Says:
      October 14th, 2010 at 3:26 pm

      I think you can see how men are viewed in the US by watching commercials. Men mostly seem to be buffoons who are usually doing something under the disapproving glare of women, or sneaking around so some wife/girlfriend won’t discover what they are doing.

    5. Rebecca B Says:
      October 14th, 2010 at 4:02 pm

      @ yankeefan – right on!!

    6. Brandon Says:
      October 14th, 2010 at 4:39 pm

      Patrick is 100% right. Men in America are only acceptable if they’re borderline women, at least in Hollywood views, look no further than Leonardo DiCaprio as exhibit A. However I will submit two examples of men who actually do act like men; Dwayne Johnson and Timothy Olyphant. Yes I know Dwayne Johnson did a kid’s movie playing the tooth fairy.