Adam Ash

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Monday, April 11, 2005

The man date: clueless woman journalist reports

'The delicate posturing began with the phone call. The proposal was that two buddies back in New York City for a holiday break in December meet to visit the Museum of Modern Art after its major renovation. "He explicitly said, 'I know this is kind of weird, but we should probably go,'" said Matthew Speiser, 25, recalling his conversation with John Putman, 28, a former classmate from Williams College. The weirdness was apparent once they reached the museum, where they semi-avoided each other as they made their way through the galleries and eschewed any public displays of connoisseurship. "We definitely went out of our way to look at things separately," recalled Mr. Speiser, who has had art-history classes in his time. "We shuffled. We probably both pretended to know less about the art than we did." Eager to cut the tension following what they perceived to be a slightly unmanly excursion--two guys looking at art together--they headed directly to a bar. "We couldn't stop talking about the fact that it was ridiculous we had spent the whole day together one on one," said Mr. Speiser, who is straight, as is Mr. Putman. "We were purging ourselves of insecurity." Anyone who finds a date with a potential romantic partner to be a minefield of unspoken rules should consider the man date, a rendezvous between two straight men that is even more socially perilous.' This has got to be the silliest article I've read in a long time, about how straight guys are worried they'd be thought queer if they eat together. A female journalist wrote it; she should be spanked by an editor, sex optional, who should also be spanked. In fact, everybody concerned with this should be either spanked or butt-fucked. I know men don't know much about women; but women know zero zilch sweet fuck-all about men, that's for sure. Then again, what do some men know? Listen to this: "If men become too close to other men, then they are always vulnerable to this accusation of, 'Oh, you must be gay,'" said Gregory Lehne, a medical psychologist at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine who has studied gender issues. Who is this guy? He's studied gender issues? Yeah, right, he's had his head up his own asshole.


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