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The modern man vs. the real man

Via Ace and Bill, here is a clickbait article by some metrosexual pantywaist who purports to tell us all what modern men are like. He intends it to be funny – I think. It’s hard to tell with pathetic beta males. But I think he means most of the advice to be taken seriously even though he’s trying for a humorous presentation.

It’s as pathetic and unfunny as you would expect. I wondered if every single item on his list needed to be eviscerated, and just about every one did. So herewith I recount his items, and for each my own item about what a real man is like compared to this dipwad’s “modern man”.

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1. When the modern man buys shoes for his spouse, he doesn’t have to ask her sister for the size. And he knows which brands run big or small.

The real man knows better than to buy shoes for his spouse. He’ll never be able to ensure a good fit. Instead, he takes care of the household well enough that she knows she can buy shoes whenever she wants or needs to. He’s got better things to do than study the sizing proclivities of two dozen brands of women’s shoes.

2. The modern man never lets other people know when his confidence has sunk. He acts as if everything is going swimmingly until it is.

The real man never lets other people know when his confidence has sunk, because it never does. He believes in himself. Temporary setbacks don’t change that.

3. The modern man is considerate. At the movie theater, he won’t munch down a mouthful of popcorn during a quiet moment. He waits for some ruckus.

The real man is considerate, because gentlemen have had that characteristic for centuries. Which means he knows better than to put a whole mouthful of popcorn in his mouth at once like some heathen savage or six year old.

4. The modern man doesn’t cut the fatty or charred bits off his fillet. Every bite of steak is a privilege, and it all goes down the hatch.

The real man knows enough about steak to know several things. First, it’s properly spelled “filet”, and the pathetic betas in the NYT editorial department should have known that. Second, a filet has almost no fat so it’s not necessary to trim around it. Third, a real man knows enough about cooking a filet not to char it.

5. The modern man won’t blow 10 minutes of his life looking for the best parking spot. He finds a reasonable one and puts his car between the lines.

The real man knows that where you park isn’t really important enough to think about very much, and that there are literally a thousand other things that say a lot more about whether he’s a real man.

6. Before the modern man heads off to bed, he makes sure his spouse’s phone and his kids’ electronic devices are charging for the night.

Before the real man heads off to bed, he makes sure the home is secure, and that he’s clean and ready to make love to his wife. He doesn’t worry about his kids’ electronic devices, because they need to learn the responsibility of taking care of themselves. He knows he won’t always be around to do it.

7. The modern man buys only regular colas, like Coke or Dr Pepper. If you walk into his house looking for a Mountain Dew, he’ll show you the door.

The real man buys only whatever the f*ck kind of cola that he thinks tastes good, plus some Mountain Dew for his buddy who likes Dale Earnhardt, Jr, and a nice variety of other soft drinks for his guests. Plus some liquor to mix in.

8. The modern man uses the proper names for things. For example, he’ll say “helicopter,” not “chopper” like some gauche simpleton.

The real man uses the proper names for things. For example, he’ll say “pathetic beta male,” not “modern man” like some pretentious douchebag.

9. Having a daughter makes the modern man more of a complete person. He learns new stuff every day.

Having a daughter makes the real man happy that he has children. Just like having a son does. Though he does hope and pray that his daughter doesn’t grow up to marry a modern man pathetic beta male.

10. The modern man makes sure the dishes on the rack have dried completely before putting them away.

The real man makes sure the household can afford a dishwasher and lets it take care of drying and sterilizing the dishes.

11. The modern man has never “pinned” a tweet, and he never will.

The real man doesn’t do anything stupid on social media, including putting pointless sh!t about his life on Twitter all the time.

12. The modern man checks the status of his Irish Spring bar before jumping in for a wash. Too small, it gets swapped out.

The real man washes his body with whatever is available, including shampoo if he has to. If he has room next to the bathtub, he makes sure fresh toiletries can be reached without getting out. He certainly doesn’t get anal about something as trivially stupid as whether the soap bar is too small.

13. The modern man listens to Wu-Tang at least once a week.

The real man doesn’t give a f*ck about Wu-Tang or any other flavor-of-the-month piece of sh!t rap artist. He’s got a music collection that has decent stuff from Mozart to Pink Floyd to Taylor Swift. Plus some eighties stuff to play during parties for dancing.

14. The modern man still jots down his grocery list on a piece of scratch paper. The market is no place for his face to be buried in the phone.

The real man jots down his grocery list on paper or phone, whichever he’s more comfortable with. He knows enough to stop and step aside if he needs to look at his phone while shopping so he doesn’t run into anything. Which he will probably need to do because he’ll likely have to text his wife for details or clarifications while he’s shopping.

15. The modern man has hardwood flooring. His children can detect his mood from the stamp of his Kenneth Cole oxfords.

The real man sometimes has hardwood flooring because it’s nice looking and easy to keep clean. But he doesn’t stomp through the house on it, because he has better control over himself that that. His children can detect his mood because he tells them when he doesn’t feel well.

16. The modern man lies on the side of the bed closer to the door. If an intruder gets in, he will try to fight him off, so that his wife has a chance to get away.

The real man make sure his house is secure enough that he’ll know about an intruder long before it gets to the bedroom door. That means he can sleep on either side of the bed his wife wants him to. If an intruder gets in, he will either shoot them or take them apart, so that his wife will be protected. Though, for some wives, he will make sure he’s clear of her field of fire so they can both shoot the intruder.

17. Does the modern man have a melon baller? What do you think? How else would the cantaloupe, watermelon and honeydew he serves be so uniformly shaped?

Does the real man have a melon baller? Who the f*ck cares? Hell, he probably doesn’t even know what one looks like.

18. The modern man has thought seriously about buying a shoehorn.

The real man has thought seriously about buying a motorcycle.

19. The modern man buys fresh flowers more to surprise his wife than to say he is sorry.

The real man buys fresh flowers anytime he wants to tell his wife he loves her.

20. On occasion, the modern man is the little spoon. Some nights, when he is feeling down or vulnerable, he needs an emotional and physical shield.

On occasion, the real man is the little spoon because the human body needs to shift around during sleep. If he is feeling down, he is either quiet about it until he feels better, or tells his wife what he is feeling down about so they can confront it together. If needed, she then holds him as a wife should when he needs her support – face to face with their arms around each other.

21. The modern man doesn’t scold his daughter when she sneezes while eating an apple doughnut, even if the pieces fly everywhere.

The real man doesn’t scold his daughter for anything accidental. Though he does teach her good manners.

22. The modern man still ambles half-naked down his driveway each morning to scoop up a crisp newspaper.

The real man is smart enough to know that newspapers have become too biased and unreliable to waste time on. Unless he’s house training a dog or wrapping dishes to move, he has no use for one, crisp or otherwise.

23. The modern man has all of Michael Mann’s films on Blu-ray (or whatever the highest quality thing is at the time).

The real man knows that everyone has their own movie favorites, and that Michael Mann is just one more mid-level filmmaker. But he owns a Blu-ray of Die Hard and at least one Cary Grant movie.

24. The modern man doesn’t get hung up on his phone’s battery percentage. If it needs to run flat, so be it.

The real man doesn’t talk, text, or browse so damn much on the phone that it goes dead every other day.

25. The modern man has no use for a gun. He doesn’t own one, and he never will.

The real man knows that a gun is a tool for killing things that need killing, and that the world unfortunately holds a lot of those things. Depending on where he lives, he probably owns several of them.

26. The modern man cries. He cries often.

The real man cries sometimes. But he’s not proud of it.

27. People aren’t sure if the modern man is a good dancer or not. That is, until the D.J. plays his jam and he goes out there and puts on a clinic.

People aren’t sure if the real man is a good dancer or not. Because he doesn’t really give a f*ck if he’s a good dancer – he just goes out on the dance floor with his wife and has a good time.

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I realize this guy just put out his list to get his name in print and try to excuse his pathetic beta maleness. Still, the fact that he thinks any of this is laudable even in jest shows how far some men have sunk in being ashamed of their own masculinity.

I suggest that the real test would be to run the above past a few hundred women who had been out of college at least five years. Let them decide whether they want a “modern man” or a real man. I know which way I think the results would go.

Billy

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26 Responses to The modern man vs. the real man

  • Apparently NYT no longer allows comments on articles like these. I can see why.

  • #4 FTW. As Moses Malone said… “fo, fo fo”

  • Modern man is an ignorant sissy? I can’t dismiss that one out of hand…

  • If he managed to get married, the modern man is being cucked. By men who most certainly aren’t modern.

    • Also, my son (and daughter) are going to stone DOMINATE these “modern man” betas.

  • 13. The modern man listens to Wu-Tang at least once a week.

    Who the H is Wu-Tang, anyway?

    The Wu-Tang Clan is an American hip hop group from New York City, originally composed of East Coast rappers RZA, GZA, Method Man, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, Inspectah Deck, U-God, Masta Killa, Cappadonna and the late Ol’ Dirty Bastard.

    Say, isn’t that the cast of the next Mad Max film ?

    20. On occasion, the modern man is the little spoon. Some nights, when he is feeling down or vulnerable, he needs an emotional and physical shield.

    “little spoon” ? Say What ? Doesn’t he know .. there is no spoon.

  • A real man doesn’t write articles like the one this “pathetic beta male” did.

  • ” at least one Cary Grant movie.”

    umm…

    • Hey, you’re granted an exception or two just for natural variation. For example, I personally have never thought seriously about getting a motorcycle.

      • Been there, done that. My brother smashed it up twice.

      • I have no problem with my own non-compliance on this point. My issue is that I’m not sure compliance means what you think it means.

        • I guess the not getting it on my part, is that I pretty much don’t attribute the rolls to the actor. They are the product of the time, the writing and directing (more so then) than the actor. I don’t think Matt Damon is a bad ass because he played Jason Bourne.

    • You are allowed to choose your own “old” actor.
      Just don’t refer to him as old in the presence of “old” modern men.
      You are allowed to act as if actors (such as Cary Grant, Jimmy Stewart, Gregory Peck, John Wayne (I resisted putting him first because it’s too damn obvious)), and any of the plethora of REAL screen women from the same era are:
      A) still alive
      B) still making movies

      And if you’re looking for a Cary Grant movie you should own – “North by Northwest” – which earns you the twofer of actor Cary Grant and director Alfred Hitchcock in your film collection.

  • A real man doesn’t need a list of manly qualities.

  • Compare that rubbish to The Art of Manliness.

    http://www.artofmanliness.com/

  • I’m not even going to try and sync any of this whiney future new century crap against the old “real men don’t” humor.

  • Heh – though Billy, don’t you just know that somewhere in Moosequezziea someone has printed off that list and is even now checking off items.
    He’s planning on heading out to Skowhegan this evening to get the melon baller.

  • Fat is where the taste is. That’s why a filet mignon is wrapped in bacon! It’s remedial!

  • ‘puts on a clinic?’ WTF does that even mean?

    Also, I don’t care if you like Coke, Pepsi, Dew, or even that loathsome Sierra Mist. Anybody who walks into my house thinking Dr. Pepper is a cola gets shown the door.

    • All legal like too…recognized by the Merican Gubmint.

      “An important 1963 district court ruling enabled Dr Pepper to expand when the United States Fifth District Court of Dallas declared that Dr Pepper was not a cola. This ruling allowed independent bottlers to carry Dr Pepper along with Pepsi-Cola or Coca-Cola, since bottlers could now carry Dr Pepper without violating their franchise contracts, which state that bottlers are not permitted to bottle competing brands. ”

      https://tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/did01

  • “Modern man”? That’s so 50’s (60’s?). In 1990, Devo was singing about the post-post-modern man. And a melon baller and a gun are just tools, no need to be afraid of owning a gun any more than you should be afraid of owning a melon baller. (Note: different tools do have different purposes, DO NOT try to defend yourself with a melon baller until AFTER you’ve finished using your gun).

  • Is this “man” Cotts Erb?

    • Well, both of them sound like sanctimonious, leftist twits, and neither has a sense of humor.

      But this guy didn’t say anything about quantum physics, so I’m going with “no, they’re not the same person”.

  • Billy:

    (A) Well done.

    (B) I disagree about the “down on confidence” thing, although the prescription is the same either way (“get up, lad!”).

    (C) This was my favorite: “The real man uses the proper names for things. For example, he’ll say ‘pathetic beta male,’ not ‘modern man”’like some pretentious douchebag.”

    (D) “Modern Man” was my nickname in college back in the 80’s … I pulled a lot of tail back in the 80’s … and 90’s … I was nothing like this feckless douchebag. Guess I’m not so “modern” any more.