Friday, June 08, 2007

Man Crush

This in today's SFGate.

We're talking, of course, about a Man Crush -- the completely non-sexual feelings that develop when one heterosexual male finds another dude to be so cool that Guy No. 1 wants to spend as much time as possible with Guy No. 2. Aristotle had a Man Crush on Plato. Richie Cunningham had a Man Crush on the Fonz. And for the entire month of April and part of May, everyone in the Bay Area with a Y chromosome had a Man Crush on Golden State Warriors star Baron Davis.

The Man Crush has always been a delicate subject among straight men, with a very complicated rule set. It's considered OK to spontaneously proclaim your love for an NFL quarterback when he just scored a touchdown. It's not cool to point out that Bob from human resources always looks nice in that blue sweater. It's socially acceptable to have a poster of a shirtless and sweaty James Hetfield from Metallica on your wall, but never a half-naked or even fully clothed picture of Orlando Bloom.
So why do so many guys fight it?

Every human being on the planet is born with the ability to figure out who he or she would find attractive if his or her sexual preference suddenly reversed polarity. Ask any straight woman what female celebrity she would want to date if she were a man: Chances are good she already has a list in her head, if not written down on a Post-it in her wallet. (Chances are even better that Eva Longoria is in the top three. Chicks dig Longoria.)

But ask a man to name a few guys whom he'd like to spend more time with, and depending on how close you are to a Red State, you might get a rude response. Unfortunately, we live in a time when a healthy Man Crush is still taboo, forcing millions of guys to insist that they're watching professional wrestling for the interesting storylines.

There's no Man Crush Hall of Fame or Man Crush Historical Museum, but there probably should be.

Now not too long ago I actually brought this up to some friends. It was more like if you could have some other guy's charmed life, who would it be? Mine...

Musician - Jon Bon Jovi - how can he be almost my age and look that good? Well luck and lots of money.

Sports - Derek Jeter - Every time I see an interview with him I'm impressed. So cool and a .300+ ba.

Actor - well it's either Jack Nicholson (no explanation needed) or Kevin Spacey 'The Usual Suspects'.

Okay maybe it's envy, not a crush. But how cool would it be to hang with any of them.



Blogger Bake Town said...

I was watching TV with my husband once when Brad Pitt came on and he said, "My God. That is one good looking man." I didn't think anything of it. I mean, come on - you've seen him! He's beautiful.

3:26 PM, June 13, 2007  

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