In-your-face stuff from an opinionated
rural north Idaho housewife.
Very good points, as usual Patrice!The thing that gets me about the trend is that the intent is to LOOK like the rugged, manly, outdoor type, but not actually BE the rugged, manly, outdoor type - every picture I've seen of a 'Lumbersexual' involves clean, new, and usually high end clothes - I'm sure your farm is like mine; clothes get dirty and torn quick, and you buy the deals when you find them instead of insisting on big name brands with accompanying big price tags!These men are trying to convince themselves they are real men by dressing like them and aping some of the skills, instead of humbling doing and learning to be the real thing.
That would be my boss. But then, I think he's actually tough enough to fell trees and smart enough not to get hurt doing it...
This is sad. These males are lost, and perhaps through no fault of their own. Feminists preached that Fathers were not necessary; even detrimental in many cases. I wonder how many of these lost males were raised without an engaged Father?Montana Guy
I read this to my sons that have hands to match the clothes. I laughed so hard but I could only read the word out loud once for explanation and then substituted 'Lumberwannabes' because it just felt nasty coming out of my mouth. I'm an Idaho wife and daughter of a real timber fellers and mother of men.
Yeah, and we had pickup trucks before it was fashionable, too. We actually use them to pick up stuff on our ranch. Real men look good in whatever they wear. Guess the city types need real jobs where they actually get their hands dirty,
I don't know Miss Patrice, I don't know how much work you would get out of them. First one to fall face first into a freshly left cow paddy would cause all of them to revolt. You would have to keep fa case of Ben-Gay on hand..... and by the looks of them your better off doing the work yourself.
It is such an improvement over the nose rings and tongue pins and multiple tattoos. I'll take boots and levis anyday.
OMG....just the header and the photo were enough to make me almost spew couscous through my nose!! LOL!!A. McSp
I think you're on to something with that man camp idea. New revenue stream?
I have to thank you for this post. I live where many men ( and women) make their living in the woods for the forest products industry. I took my puter to the local bar at lunch time yesterday and showed the crowd the post. The laughing could be heard for miles I am sure. The consensus of opinion was that the Boys and I do mean Boys would not last 1 day in the woods with a chainsaw attached to their arm in -10 weather for 10 hours a day, 6 days a week like these good folks do.Carl in the UP
Great article Patrice, I have to go along with you on the Feminist and the destruction of the Traditional family. I'll go a step further though. I've always believed it was the Activist Lawyers and Judges who gave us the No fault Quick and easy Divorces That made it so easy to leave relationships and desolve families in the 60s. I was from one of those families. I'm ashamed to say Mom was the quintessential Liberal who identified with the Hippie / Feminist movement and Got rid of my Dad who was a service member serving in the Viet Nam theatre at the time.( BTW We chose to live with Dad )Mom's greatest shame is that none of her kids came out being gay so she could brag about it to her leftist elite friends. I've always believed there was a connection between the Government and Legal community and Big Business/Hollywood to push Product and change Social Mores. If you Break up a family , That one family becomes 2 households.,2 Households requires .another Car, Furnishings, .Etc. Bottom line is it takes a Man and a Woman working together as a team to set the example for the kids to know what a healthy relationship looks like. Other wise you get the lost generations we have now with no Moral compass. Great observations on yours and Don's part Patrice. On the plus side ,At least there growing beards instead of having there facial hair waxed off. Its a Start
I missed out on Monty Python but what came to mind was a tangent: I used to split my sides laughing watching "Saturday Night Live", especially the characters Pat and Chris, both of whom were impossible to identify the gender. It was funny then and I'm appalled it suddenly it became "fashionable" to be androgenous. Of course, I was country, when country wasn't cool (hat tip to Barbara Mandrell). We recently moved to "nowhere" Idaho and was invited by some new acquintances to attend a fundraiser for the school's athletic teams held at the Elks. We didn't know what the dress was, so my husband said we should dress up. We arrived and were a little out of place but had a great time. I came home from the event with sore ribs as I could not stop laughing because someone approached my husband and asked him if he was the new attorney in town. I could not have laughed harder if he had been asked if he was the undertaker. He took it well, lol.I bet he doesn't wear a suit to the next fundraiser! sidetracksusie
Loved this article! And I too have many activities here on the farm for those seeking to re-connect with their manly side. My manly man would gladly take the help, as I seem to keep adding to the "honey do" list. Blessings, Kat
On a similar yet different idea, have you noticed or are you working on a post (yet) about how all of the 'Look what women are doing' articles coming out of the woodwork with the announcement of Hillary running for office. Geese .. Even old pathetic Jimmy Carter came out in an article saying he gave up his 60+ year membership in the Southern Baptist Church because women are oppressed. Nothing like the news media priming the low information voters into thinking that the sex of a presidential candidate is something to place priority over quality of candidate. We saw that with all the voters that voted for the POTUS because of his skin color. http://www.theage.com.au/federal-politics/losing-my-religion-for-equality-20090714-dk0v.htmlhttp://www.cbsnews.com/news/blue-angels-first-female-pilot-takes-to-sky/I'm not against women doing such things in general .. although I do believe there are gender specific roles (in parenting and military combat, etc.) .. I question the timing to usher in a female president by the liberal run media.
I want to point out the age-old cliche of "The clothes don't make the man." I saw a guy dressed as you describe scream and jump back from a police officer, and begin to berate the officer for standing so close to him while carrying "That nasty gun". The widget actually screamed, sounding like a six year old girl. On the other hand, my oldest son got married last year and I had the pleasure of seeing all my men dressed to the nines in formal wear. Normally they look like a pack of scruffy badgers, but that day they were slick. So handsome!