'Beauty In The Ordinary' has just put up a post about men being men, so here is a photographic record of George Clooney in the process of doing just that, like Rosemary asked him to all those years ago, and Jacqueline is asking us to now. I made the case for us men on her blog because - having lived through several changing attitudes as to exactly what does constitute a real man (as well as a painful adolescence) - I think I am a bit qualified to give an opinion, especially as I am out of the running due to advanced years. Having said that, people like Clark Gable and Omar Sharif never seemed to be out of the game, and Gable would often take his teeth out and wave them in front of his adoring fans.
So, what makes a real man? I think it is an intoxicating mixture of all sorts of conflicting qualities, when described by a woman who is trying to encapsulate her feelings about her ideal. In short, it's a bloody tall order.
*He has to be archetypally masculine at the same time as being firmly in touch with his feminine side.
*He has to be a good listener, but a powerful persuader.
*He has to be dominant, but submissive.
*He has to have good dress sense, but not be foppish.
*He has to be able to go hunting, but be caring toward animals.
*He has to be capable of feeling jealousy toward his partner, without being possessive.
*He has to take care of his body, without being gayly narcissistic.
*He has to have an opinion on everything, without being opinionated.
*He has to show his emotions, without being a wimp.
*He has to be peace loving, but willing to go to war.
I could go on.
As far as men are concerned, women just have to be women. Give us a break.