Men “don’t feel as awkward” dancing thanks to Emmitt Smith

Beto

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http://www.realityblurred.com/realitytv/archives/dancing_with_the_stars_3/2007_Jan_22_men_dancing

Dancing with the Stars 3 winner Emmitt Smith has had an effect on men everywhere: His extreme masculinity has allowed them to embrace the previously feminine pastime of ballroom dancing.

For example, 40-year-old Jay Pintor tells the AP that he “definitely wasn’t into it. But then you see this big football player doing it — I mean, you don’t get much manlier than Emmitt. I just don’t feel as awkward anymore.”

Another man, 46-year-old Steve Hill, says, “It was inspiring to see this rough and tough guy not just surviving, but excelling. Now I figure, if I want to do it, I should do it. Let the stigma be for the viewers, not the doers.”
Notice how both men only say the word “it,” not daring to utter the phrase “ballroom dancing,” lest they suddenly grow vaginas.

But their avoidance of the phrase makes sense in the context of a Wisconsin construction worker’s story. Kris Gehring tells the AP that his colleagues called him “Twinkletoes” because “he now takes ballroom dancing lessons.” Kind of strange that Wisconsin lets five-years-old boys who are insecure about their penises work construction.

A San Jose dance studio manager agrees that Emmitt Smith has had a positive impact on the sport; his dance studio has seen increased enrollment due to what the AP calls the “Emmitt Effect.” Bobby Gonzalez says, “Lots of guys didn’t really give credit to how much (dancing is) a sport, how athletic it can be. But Emmitt definitely proved it is.”

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http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/16709564/
 
#4
Glad Emmit 'showed the way'. Too bad most US males aren't secure enough in their manhood to do something they want to do unless another guy tells them it's 'ok' to do it.
 
#7
I want my DH to read that article. Five years together and he steadfastly refuses to even take a few lessons. I've tried bribery and all sorts of trickery but nothing works. Of course, I would rather NOT drag a man kicking and screaming onto a dance floor.

Thanks for sharing, Beto.
 
#10
I'm pretty sure they're mostly referring to the need for social support and reinforcement for a behavior/activity that, in our culture, is still a little outside-the-box for the mainstream concept of "proper masculine behavior." Clearly, however, things are changing.
 

DancePoet

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#11
Glad Emmit 'showed the way'. Too bad most US males aren't secure enough in their manhood to do something they want to do unless another guy tells them it's 'ok' to do it.
I'm not sure this is limited to US males, and I'm glad you at least used the word "most" rather than not at all. This could be a cross-cultural phenomena, and peer pressure is something we all face at various times during our life. I'm glad Emmit seems to be having a positive effect as well. :cool:
 

DancePoet

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#12
I want my DH to read that article. Five years together and he steadfastly refuses to even take a few lessons. I've tried bribery and all sorts of trickery but nothing works. Of course, I would rather NOT drag a man kicking and screaming onto a dance floor.
Ayuh, dragging won't work. Say something like, "Hey honey, I saw an article today about how Emmit Smith's manly approach to dancing is helping guys see how it is ok to learn dance. I know you haven't had an interest in this before, and that's ok, but could you maybe sometime give it a try with me?" Worst he'll say is "no".
 

DancePoet

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#13
I'm pretty sure they're mostly referring to the need for social support and reinforcement for a behavior/activity that, in our culture, is still a little outside-the-box for the mainstream concept of "proper masculine behavior." Clearly, however, things are changing.
I'd say you could be very correct, and I hope it continues. :D
 

fascination

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#15
I'm pretty sure they're mostly referring to the need for social support and reinforcement for a behavior/activity that, in our culture, is still a little outside-the-box for the mainstream concept of "proper masculine behavior." Clearly, however, things are changing.
I'm sure you're right...I just don't happen to know any men over the age of 25 who give a fig
 

fascination

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#16
Ayuh, dragging won't work. Say something like, "Hey honey, I saw an article today about how Emmit Smith's manly approach to dancing is helping guys see how it is ok to learn dance. I know you haven't had an interest in this before, and that's ok, but could you maybe sometime give it a try with me?" Worst he'll say is "no".
or try my signature line...and buy him a tailsuit;)
 

DancePoet

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#17
I'm sure you're right...I just don't happen to know any men over the age of 25 who give a fig
:nope: Nope, V-Day is coming and we'd prefer to give things like flowers, chocolate, lingerie, fine wine, a dinner for two either homecooked or out, maybe even a night of dancing! :raisebro:
 

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