@Jim/Commenters: I couldn't attend the concert. Me & my buddies were
too busy:-- Watching football-- Grilling and wolfing down
steaks-- Talking about trucks, sports cars, boxing, MMA, guns, hunting,
military battles, etc.-- Avoiding any talk of Twilight and the rest of
'the arts'-- Listening to Van Halen songs during the
commercials-- Pumping iron during halftime-- Enjoying snacks &
appetizers our wives made for us-- Telling misogynistic jokes and
guffawing loudly at them-- Exulting in our selfishly not buying our wives
tickets to Josh GrobanSigned Totally A Dude (I swear)
I like football...and I own every Josh Groban album. I also like guns, jazz,
red meat, and heavy metal, as well as opera, quiche, musicals, and British
Comedy.Aren't we all strange animals?
I'm with most of these comments, the article, john20000 and steph-uk --
Love what you like and don't be sorry for it!Like rom coms,
chick flicks, action movies, good books, good music from classical to rock,
power tools, the NFL, the NHL and the PGA... dramas on tv (all those cop shows)
as well as Downton Abbey. And I like Josh Groban.Have my own man
card by my own definitions and need no outside validation.
Here's a fun thought: It is now culturally acceptable for girls to be
tomboys. They can play sports and climb trees and watch football and not have
their femininity constantly challenged. Now let's flip that for a boy. This
theoretical boy enjoys ballet and prefers to read books and finds sports boring
and bugs gross. Odds are good you've already made some judgments about this
kid. But do you realize what you've done? It's okay for girls to like
whatever they like, but it's not okay for boys. If boys like things that
girls usually like, they're not manly. If girls like things that guys
usually like, good for them. Does anyone else realize how stupid the double
I heard somewhere the saying "If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of
good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things." I hope to fall
into that category of men.
This is a great article. Love what you like and don't be sorry for it!When you find a(n unapologetic) man who enjoys Jane Austen, football AND good
music, for goodness sake, hold onto him!
I've never been able to afford to go see Josh Groban but I think he is an
incredible guy and that voice, oooooh!!! Such talent and he is very easy to
listen to. Maybe someday we will be able to go to his concert.
I'm a diehard fan of Josh Groban and as odd as it may sound, I was
introduced to Josh's music by my oldest brother.I first heard Josh during a
ride in my brother's car. My brother has never attended one of his concerts
but I know he would definitely do it given the chance. I have to add that my
brother doesn't necessarily like "girly stuff", he's just
another human being (male or female, I think there shouldn't be any
distinction when we talk about music) captured by Josh's beautiful voice
and great talent.
a significant chunk of people avoid "chick flicks "or "guy
stuff" simply because they're not comfortable challenging the
preconceptions that are unfortunate leftovers from their childhoods.I guess that's one way to put it. ...Except that researchers have shown
over and over again that even male and female infants reach/crawl toward
stereotypical-gendered toys (e.g., boys towards mechanical/moving parts; girls
toward toys with faces). This occurs long before such preferences are old
enough to be labeled "leftovers from childhood." It's actually
part of infancy. In fact, presenting infants with an assortment of just such
toys (and watching what they choose) is one of science's best tool for
helping intersex babies.It's okay to like Josh Groban. But
"real men" don't typically need to write articles defending such
interest. They also don't need to wrap their interest in socially
convenient but ultimately incorrect psychological pablum.
I too gave my wife tickets to the concert as an anniversary gift. I personally
was not looking forward to it, but knew my wife really wanted to go. I was
pleasantly surprised, and really enjoyed the concert. Not only was the music
good, but Josh Groban was also a great entertainer as a whole. It helped that
Judith Hill (opening act) had some great music as well.
Uh, you keep telling yourself whatever you want...doesn't make it true.Pride and Prejudice? Gag me with a harpoon!!!!I agree, you
should turn in your man card.
he is a great singer but I won't call him a real man
Good job! Football is so worn out and the fans have been so abused for so long
it is amazing that people still spend their time sitting there half the day.They are slaves to traditionget out and do something new.
Thank you Jim. You speak for many men. My wife and family enjoy all kinds of
music and cultural activities and try to disregard the very silly stereotypes
and peer pressure.