The final post…

April 22, 2009

The final post
After two months of gruelling work… well, just work, the blog has finally come to an end. Make-up, straighteners and tears have gone into writing this. Emotional? Fancy a little cry? Well don’t, it’s unmanly. Or is it?

A distraught reader

A distraught reader

I have been trying to create debate over these past two months about what is acceptable and what isn’t by the modern male. At times, debate has lacked, such as in a previous post I was asked what sandwich I had, a minor detail of the post, rather than debating my points. Thanks Kerry.

It also seems guys have been hiding somewhere, not sure where, but somewhere in a place where they don’t comment on blogs. Come on guys, this is about you!

It may seem at times the writing has been quite hypocritical in that I believe that it is okay to use straighteners, then go on a rant and champion their cause, then go off on one about how I hate wearing pink.

Yes, arguments may have, at times, been unbalanced, but you should respect my opinion, even if you don’t like it, and then leave a comment to debate it. It seems guys were more willing to give me verbal feedback, or text me, or MSN me, or Facebook me… but not comment on the blog!

Anyway, this all sounds a little too serious for the blog. I hope you have enjoyed reading this as much as I have done writing it. So, for one last time, the poll is in… Is Zac Efron the unmanliest guy EVER?

You mop that brow Zefron! It was close, hence the sweating, but you arent the most unmanly guy... yet

You mop that brow Zefron! It was close, hence the sweating, but you aren't the most unmanly guy... yet

52% of you said… No!

It was close, so we are still searching for the unmanliest guy. Could it be YOU? I’m going to leave the poll up still in the hope that it will change!

Anyway…

Hopefully this blog has proven that you don’t have to be a stereotypical alpha male all the time, doing the unmanly thing doesn’t necessarily make you gay. It just makes you less straight. Ha! Jokes.

I hope you have learnt a few lessons from this, like how to execute a good handshake, Scott and Ryan did, or that it is really okay to listen to music that 12-year-old girls like, such as McFly. There are some valuable life lessons in this for you.

Anyway, no more ramblings, please look around the rest of the site and have a look at older posts!

Thanks again for reading.

Stuart

p.s. This site is top of the 2nd page, or 11th place, in a Google search if you type the word ‘unmanly’. Tidy.

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I got ‘Notebooked’, will you?

March 2, 2009

One of my friends, ‘Mr F’, has recently started seeing a girl, and here is a conversation he had with one of his mates the other day:

Mr B: Have you been ‘Notebooked’ yet?
Mr F: What do you mean?
Mr B: Has she made you made you watch the Notebook yet?
Mr F: No.
Mr B: Well, don’t do it cos it will make you cry.

Mr B

Mr B

I piped up at this point and said that I had been ‘Notebooked’, not by my girlfriend, but by my male housemate.

Now, I don’t know whether this was a wise idea, like letting people know that I had seen McFly three times, but I am prone to these little slips. Then again, Mr B was the one who talked about crying.

Blokes seem to not watch these films, and I don’t think it’s the fear of crying making them avoid movies like The Notebook, a great movie and even better book (apparently, I don’t do reading), it is the title of ‘chick flick’.

The only exception is when they watch these movies with the missus because they are safe in the knowledge that they are reluctantly watching it to keep her sweet… or are they?

The excitement of getting Ps I Love You for Xmas was obvious to see

The excitement of getting Ps I Love You for Xmas was obvious to see

There are many films out there which class as chick-flicks that I have thoroughly enjoyed, such as Ps I Love You, which, much to my delight and surprise, my girlfriend bought me for Christmas. I wonder what she is trying to say? Perhaps that I harp on about that film ALL the time.

But that is because these films can actually be quite amusing and are very easy to watch, if not a little soppy even and predictable, but are ignorantly dismissed before watching because of their genre classing.

Many people will know about my love of Hugh Grant films. Well, this comes from my Dad’s incessant viewing of Notting Hill, where Hugh, as ever, plays the type-cast charismatic, witty and loveable rogue. Grant is the modern hero of the rom-com.

Hugh 'Rom-Com' Grant

Hugh 'Rom-Com' Grant

There will be many closet-Grant fans out there. When you’ve watched action and horror films to death and your Tom Cruise adrenaline rushes fade, kicking back and watching timeless classics such as About a Boy will more than fill the void of Top Gun.

There will be many doubters out there, but I tell you to embrace these types of films, whether you watch with your mates or your girlfriend. However, Mr F, if you do get ‘Notebooked’, I feel that crying may do you more harm than good in the eyes of your mates and your new lady.


So what if you’re a well-hard bouncer? I like McFly

February 19, 2009

Tuesday was our bi-weekly karaoke evening at our student union and I fancied a few drinks and a sing with some friends. Feeling confident and in-tune, I stepped up to the microphone with my housemate Nick when the DJ for the evening announced that we were to sing Star Girl by McFly, a personal favourite of mine.

Greeted with the usual mixture of sounds, from nonsensical ridicule to wailing screams from females (these are females who like McFly, not females who like us), we set about our rendition only to realise the bouncer was smirking and making jokes about our love of McFly to the DJ.

Okay, so you’re a bouncer, that makes you a man, right? There is a line from a Stereophonics song that goes “You look like a monkey scowling at me/ Well suck my banana, suck it with cream”. The song is called Doorman and is supposed to be vociferous and scathing attack at bouncers, yet, I think DJ Sherz may have taken this line a bit too literally.

McFly – Stargirl. Listen!

As DJ Sherz (what does that name even mean?) and the bouncer continue to mock, I decide that it’s a good idea to say that I have seen them on no less than three occasions… not entirely sure why I thought this was a good idea, but queue the DJ’s announcement to the rest of the student union about this little stat. In turn, queue more laughter from the audience and from the scowling monkey bouncer. Only for DJ Sherz to then turn to me (microphone is off at the point) and say that he actually quite likes them.

It seemed to me that he was using the microphone as an extension of his manhood to make him look the part in front of the bouncer. Take the microphone away and what do you get? A McFly fan.

A self-portrait of said bouncer

A self-portrait of said bouncer

Since when did bouncers set the goalposts of manhood? Are we to bow down to them just because they are seen as big tough men? No, but letting the bouncer make ignorant gay-jibes at us because you don’t want to appear emasculated in front of him bows down to his narrow-mindedness.

What my actual point is, since when was McFly listed under the genre of ‘gays and girls’. It isn’t to my knowledge? I’ve seen the bouncer jiving to Queen in the union before – I think they call this double-standards dancing – but the fact that the DJ had to keep his secret between us was nigh on comical, who cares what the bouncer thinks?

There is a Facebook group called ‘McFly are wasted on 10-year-old girls‘ set up by Stephen Tilson from Cardiff. Here is a quote from the group: “Even if I can’t persuade you [to join this group], it is you who is missing out through your narrow-mindedness. I’m not expecting this group to be huge, but I would like to spread the word and see who else like me is out there.”

Now I don’t know Stephen, but I would like to take this opportunity to make myself his 123rd member and congratulate him… there are plenty of people out there like you.

Anyway, we did Star Girl and it went well enough to get up there and do another song. This time we chose Air Hostess by Busted, to which DJ Sherz asked us: “Have you be to see them as well?”… Idiot.

 

Do you share a secret love for McFly? Or do you care for someone a little more embarrassing? Leave a comment and tell the world.