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Sunday, April 10, 2005

A Mandate for Man Dates

Jenny 8. Lee is rightly famous for her name, and in DC and among young Harvard alumni for her consummate social hosting, networking, and her funny articles in the NYT.  But the social ethnography she self-consciously performs in today's story, which details the do's and don'ts of "man dates" (two straight guys hanging out with each other over dinner or in some other non-sportswatching venue), is too much.  For the straight busy guy who's insulted by the stereotype that we're all just sports-watching lugnuts, the article's caricature seems a distortion rather than a reflection of social reality.  But maybe I'm just extra sensitive because, after a long social hiatus, I have four "man dates" scheduled for this week with other prawf friends.  And of course, I live in Dupont Circle, where the prospect of two men eating dinner together doesn't raise an eyebrow.

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Interesting and funny article, but she could've saved a lot of time and ink if she'd said more succinctly, "A lot of guys are still homophobic and dumb."

Posted by: Scott Moss | Apr 12, 2005 12:02:26 PM

Am I that out of touch that I've never heard of her and her bizarre name?

Posted by: Paul Gowder | Apr 11, 2005 11:14:47 AM

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