Monday, April 11, 2005

A "Man Date" is not a directive

Discussed all over the city yesterday was the NYTimes' article on "man dates." The idea is that straight men going on outings that would otherwise, or ideally be with a woman are on a man date, and thus have some social navigating to work out. Though the concept was new to Times readers, followers of Kick.Ball.Action got a primer on Friday.

So my pals Joe, Jason, and I went on a guy outing Sunday: we saw Frank Miller's Sin City. It was good old fashion adolescent male fantasy pulp action. We saw bloody action, naked chicks, and all sorts of proper delinquency to disqualify us from a "man date."

Despite the dudity of Sunday, on Mondays, the three of us are taking a men's session of Pilates... no escaping the man date label here. It's held a private gym, where at the same time--as if to purposely turn up the gender irony, some ladies are taking boxing lessons as we are pilating. Any one who thinks Pilates isn't as taxing hasn't tried it.

We're going to keep it up for a few more weeks at least. In the mean time, we'll try to balance this out with some mean time: hit a few in the cage, muse about the NBA playoffs, discuss power tools.... (in truth, none of us swing a bat too well, and Whitney's a bigger fan of hoops than Joe and more enthusiastic about power tools than Jason).

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3 Comments:

Anonymous Smoove V said...

It's so funny you post on this, because that article was particularly conversation worthy, in so much as it is one of the worst pieces of drek i've read in the Times in recent memory. Didn't the Times coin the term "metrosexual"? Now they are slandering men as all being so insecure and homophobic that they can't share a bottle of wine with a friend? I was fuming all afternoon at how denegrating to men that drivel was. And I don't get worked up that easily!

Tuesday, 12 April, 2005  
Blogger Sam Teigen said...

Drek, yes that was our take. There's nothing new going on. People spend time together, and different people have different interests. But we're still unable to let go of gender stereotypes of what men do together and what women do together.

Tuesday, 12 April, 2005  
Blogger Nancy Drew said...

But did you leave a space between yourselves at the movie?

Tuesday, 12 April, 2005  

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