When Arnold Schwarzenegger said George Bush was not a "girly man" at the 2004 Republican convention, I didn't pay much attention. Yeah, it was funny and he gave a lively speech, but the concept of a "girly man" wasn't something that I'd ever thought about. Lately, however, it seems as though everyone is talking about the "wimpification" of men. Conservative talk show hosts like Rush Limbaugh and Laura Ingraham have talked about it all week. Long time Harvard professor, Harvey C. Mansfiled, has a new book out called MANLINESS. Even last night's NCAA basketball games have sparked workplace chatter on the subject. Forget the fact that Duke, the number one seed didn't even make it to the great eight, "Did you see J.J. Redick crying?" And even worse than Redick, Gonzaga star, Adam Morrison wins the award for girliest man. I haven't been around all that long, but it's the first time I've ever seen a grown man lay down in the middle of a basketball court and cry in my 24 years.
So, what's the deal? Has our society really become so hung up on political correctness and feminism? Last time I checked, men and women are different. Always have been, always will be. I'm all for men and women having equal rights in most aspects of life, but there comes a point when I want a man to be a man and a woman to be a woman. I'm certainly not saying women should be barefoot and pregnant, and I'm not saying men should be dominating pigs, but I like for the men in my life to be strong and I'd like to think most women would agree. There are just some things men do better as there are some things women do better. I heard many people, during the 2004 election, say they simply voted for Bush because they felt safer with him running the country. I believe it was Gene Simmons who said recently that he'd rather have a rottweiler in the White House than a French poodle. Enough said.
I don't want the soldiers who defend me and my country to break into tears every time they shoot "the bad guy" and I don't want to watch movies about cowboys who spend more time having sex with each other than with their wives. I don't want to see professional athletes crying because they lost a game and I certainly don't want a boyfriend or husband who spends more time getting his hair and nails done than I do! What happened to the days of men like John Wayne and Clark Gable? Men who weren't afraid to be men or fight for their country. Am I the only girl who longs for the days of Rhett Butler over whatever politically correct role Brad Pitt has taken on when he's not being led around on a leash by Angelina Jolie? Am I the only one who likes to have the door held for me, not because I can't do it myself (I once heard a woman scream at a man for doing just that), but because it is simply a kind gesture. Someone once said the ideal man should be strong and masculine, but know not to take advantage of those weaker than he is. Sounds good to me? Am I alone?