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At-a-boy Glenn!

Posted on January 03 2011

I have to give a big round of applause to Glenn O'Brien for his first editorial in the inaugural issue of GQ for 2011. Having spent my time and earned my stripes in a men's clothing store, the exact situation he addresses has happened countless times! I swear an oath, with my right hand in the air that I was not the reader that wrote in...

-"I work at a men's clothing store, and I've noticed that before any major purchase, almost all of my customers tell me they have to come back with their wives or girlfriends to make sure they approve. What's that all about?"

Go'B: "It's about the sad state of manhood in America. Some would call the male wearers of female-managed wardrobes whipped or de-balled. The more polite would term them henpecked. I like uxorious. But any way you look at it, these men are lost boys. As tots they were dressed for warmth, comfort, and durability and were never given the slightest sense of occasion by their parents or the TV that raised them. When they outgrew the boy uniform, they had no clue what to do. American old-boy culture tends to see aesthetic sensibilities (other than in areas such as automotive) as symptoms of the gay gene. That's why the public believed that straight guys need the help of queer eyes. But this is not all the fault of the ladies. Men have willingly abdicated much of their turf, including, frequently, the pants. A man should wear whatever he damn likes, and if she doesn't like it....he can always plead for mercy."