Real men like Josh Groban

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  • BioPowertrain Detroit, MI
    Oct. 19, 2013 6:44 p.m.

    @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 Groban

    Signed Totally A Dude (I swear)

  • Rural sport fan DUCHESNE, UT
    Oct. 17, 2013 11:12 p.m.

    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?

  • Brent T. Aurora CO Aurora, CO
    Oct. 17, 2013 5:54 p.m.

    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.

  • ThoughtfulTeen Salem, UT
    Oct. 17, 2013 3:19 p.m.

    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 standard is?

  • John20000 Cedar Hills, UT
    Oct. 17, 2013 2:38 p.m.

    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.

  • steph-uk Birmingham, West M
    Oct. 17, 2013 1:52 p.m.

    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!

  • suzyk#1 Mount Pleasant, UT
    Oct. 17, 2013 1:40 p.m.

    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.

  • Jane Cruz Zaragoza, Spain, 00
    Oct. 17, 2013 12:30 p.m.

    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.

  • Logit ,
    Oct. 17, 2013 11:35 a.m.

    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.

    Oct. 17, 2013 10:41 a.m.

    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.

  • The Final Word Alpine, UT
    Oct. 17, 2013 10:07 a.m.

    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.

  • thebig1 SLC, UT
    Oct. 17, 2013 9:58 a.m.

    he is a great singer but I won't call him a real man

  • Red San Antonia, TX
    Oct. 17, 2013 9:17 a.m.

    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 tradition

    get out and do something new.

  • WestGranger West Valley City, Utah
    Oct. 17, 2013 1:30 a.m.

    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.