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M is for… (plus, Halftime Recap of A-to-Z Blogging Challenge)

April 15, 2013

M is for Man, Male, Masculine. Being one, I have some insight on the subject. 


Purple everything. I’m a man and that’s my color!

It’s a confusing time to be a man in America. Just among straight men, there’s a spectrum from metrosexuality to the reactionary “real man” lumberjack throwback.We are told to be both strong and sensitive, patient and protective. We should respect women’s autonomy and ambition, and hold open car doors. I’m not saying that any of these contrasts are unfair– in fact, they may not really be contrasts at all. But I can see how they could be confusing to some men. It’s difficult to play multiple, and sometimes (seemingly) conflicting roles– but then again, women have been doing that for centuries. 🙂

I was listening to a radio show this morning and they were discussing a list of the top five qualities of a “real man.” I hope it was meant to be amusing, as it certainly amused me… (Here is the podcast if you’re curious).

1. Investigate strange noises at night… no problem. Have my bunny slippers, flashlight, and softball bat at ready. No cell phone flashlight, I mean one of those 4xD-battery models that could double for headlights if they went out in your car at 3 a.m. in East Bumble.

2. Carry bags. Again, one of those potential conflicts; you want to be nice, but you don’t want to suggest the woman is weak and dependent.

3. Handling the barbecue. This is the one that’s a big fail for me. I tend to burn things and have no concept of marinating and seasoning.

4. Changing tires. I can and have done this single-handedly, but as I pay for roadside assistance, I’d just as well call if the wait is half an hour or less.

Image5. Deal with spiders. This one amused me because it was always a point of contention when I was married. From the female members of the family, spiders evoked a range of emotion from cringing paralysis to rabid arachnicidal rage. I, on the other hand, was the kind who always insisted on catch-and-release (outside). I hope those spiders lucky enough to find their fate in my hands, instead of theirs, feel grateful. Maybe I just saw Charlotte’s Web one too many times.

Yes, it’s tough being a man, but I’d prefer not to hemorrhage monthly, so I’ll grin and bear it.

Halftime Recap of the A-to-Z Blogging Challenge:

We’re now halfway through the month and halfway through the alphabet. I’m not sure how I feel about this challenge. Yes, it’s made me write everyday, but it’s hardly produced my best quality work (though I think this post is better than most of the others). Yes, if one wants to be a writer, one has to write daily, just write for the sake of writing, but when you’re not just writing but blogging, which by definition is writing for an audience, you start down a slippery slope when you knowingly put out less than your best just because you’re fulfilling a self-imposed mandate.

Part of me wishes I had gone with Poem-a-Day for National Poetry Month instead. But who’s to say that would be better? Maybe next April I will find out.

I could be industrious and link each post here, but they are easy enough to find just going back through recent posts; each has the creative title of M is for…, L is for…, K is for… etc. I understand if you choose not to indulge my laziness. Thanks for reading in any case. 🙂

8 Comments leave one →
  1. April 15, 2013 11:45 pm

    M is for…masterfully marvelous man post!!! I actually agree with much of what you said about it being a confusing time for men! Women claim to want to be treated as equals and then get angry when you don’t open the door for them. I like your catch and release solution 🙂


  2. April 16, 2013 12:12 am

    Best post so far on Squirrelly writer, my dear. That said, the real man poster with the blood takes the cake. I am rolling.


  3. April 16, 2013 8:34 am

    You were listening to Elvis Duran!
    So was I, I love their show.
    I love the roach problem at home, cuz my other person could die if a roach touched him, so I grab them by the antenna and follow him around, it’s so funny, he stops talking to me for a day, and I keep laughing for a day.
    Great post!


  4. April 16, 2013 10:09 am

    I give you credit…I couldn’t write every day. Psssh, screw working on those writing skills. 😉
    I think you’ve done well with your posts, and yay, half way through! You’re getting there. 😀


  5. April 16, 2013 3:41 pm

    Great post! I think all of the A-Z posts of yours I’ve read so far have been fantastic, though.

    I manage to write every day. But, for me, blogging every day is a huge challenge, which, so far, I haven’t managed to meet. It seems like it takes me a long time to put a blog post together, which makes me wonder if I’m doing this blog thing all wrong or something — ha, ha.

    I agree with what you said about the knowledge that you’re writing for an audience putting you on that slippery slope where, perhaps, one’s best work doesn’t make it onto the page.


  6. April 18, 2013 1:23 am

    I was once in holiday with an ex boyfriend, somewhere in sunny Greece. A lizard was on a wall and at that point my MAN freaked out. The yelling, the screaming, oh my God. I mean it was a tiny little lizard. I caught it really soft in a tissue and throw it over the balcony. I waited to see if it was gonna get out from under the tissue but it didn’t. I got very worried that I might have killed the poor baby lizard so I went outside to check on it. It was just frightened, the poor thing, not as frightened as the MAN, though. I released the lizard from the tissue and guided its way to the grass bed and went upstairs to the shocked boyfriend. I gave him a beer and turned on the TV for him and asked him to tell me if he sees any spiders, as I deal with spiders too. He asked me if I could do something about the wasps. No I couldn’t. Eventually, he got stung by a wasp in his index finger. Oh, the tragedy! The cursing! The calling overseas to let the family know about this terrible, terrible accident! How I dealt with it? Well, Cuba Libre always helps me get over crisis situations like crying boyfriends:)


  7. December 2, 2013 11:10 pm

    Reblogged this on sueshan123blog.


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