Thursday, April 7, 2005

Big Strong Men, Big Strapping Men

Last month came the troubling news that men were being encouraged to purchase the "murse". Effectively, a purse for men. At the time I bemoaned the continued feminization of the American male, and wondered when we would return to the days of the strong, manly man.

Behold the glorious power of The Pursuit of Happiness!

This new survey, conducted by Harris, finds that most women, clearly having been influenced by the very manly Pursuit, do not want one of those pretty boy metro-sexuals flitting through their life and stealing the conditioner. No these right thinking females, according to the survey, desire a strong manly sort of guy. Responses indicate that 72% of women prefer a man who spends his time doing home improvement products, and 47% want a man who spends his money on electronics.

To paraphrase Robert Duvall, "They love the smell of testosterone in the morning".

Sadly, we still have a way to go before we're back to the glory days of American maleness. Those day's when Cary Grant, Robert Mitchum, Jimmy Stewart and their peers set the standard for courage, chivalry and style, but it's a start.

Oh, and the title to this post? That was the jingle to a Big and Tall Men's shop in Chicago when I was growing up. It would start out with a rythmic beat of Typany drums. Boom Boom Boom. Then a guy with a very deep voice would sing, or almost rap, "big strong men, big strapping men, M. Hyman and Son."

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